In Atlantic, while flags will be flown in the Atlantic Cemetery, no Memorial Day services will be held, and the public is welcome to observe Memorial Day on their own. Steve Livengood said he planned to go to the Atlantic Cemetery at 5 p.m. Friday, May 22 to raise flags, then will go back on Monday at 7 a.m. to lower the flags to half-staff. The crosses and wreaths will be installed at the Field of Glory at that time. If he gets enough volunteers, he planned to fire three volleys and play taps at noon at the cemetery, and noted while the public was welcome, no one should feel pressured to attend this part of the observance. Flags will then go back up to full staff, and be taken down at 5 p.m. Monday, along with the wreaths and crosses.
In Anita: Flags representing five different veterans that “were lost last year” will be flown in the area in the cemetery where the ceremony is normally held, flags will be flown around the park and flags will be put on grave markers. A 21 Gun Salute and the playing of taps will be held in front of the bandshell at 10:30 a.m. The public is welcome to observe, but organizers ask people stay in their vehicle or public social distancing.
In Audubon, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, American Legion Post #120 and VFW 4119 will not be holding their annual Memorial Day services at the cemetery. Flags will not be flown throughout the cemetery, according to a posting on the Audubon Fire and Rescue Facebook page.
In order to honor Veterans, flags will be flown at the amphitheater and flags will be placed on each Veterans grave. On Monday, May 25, the Legion will fire a 21 gun salute. The public is welcome to attend, but asked to remain in their cars and practice social distancing. Volunteers are needed to help place the little flags on gravestones Friday morning at 8 a.m. In case of inclement weather, the services will be cancelled.
In Brayton, the Brayton American Legion Post #350 will be holding outside services only for Memorial Day this year, with services at the Nishnobotna Bridge, east of Brayton starting at 10 a.m., followed by services at the Oakfield, Bowen and Oakhill cemeteries.
No indoor town hall services will be held, and those attending outdoor services can choose to observe social distancing as they wish, officials said.
In Elk Horn, the Elk Horn American Legion Post #322 has cancelled their Memorial Day Services.
In Exira, the Memorial Day Service will be held at the city cemetery starting at 10 a.m. It will include an invocation, playing of the National Anthem, placing of the wreath on the tomb of the unknown, 21 Gun Salute and the playing of taps. If there is inclement weather, the service will be cancelled.
In Griswold, there will be no American Legion Post #508 Memorial Day program and the Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon will also not be held this year.
In Lewis, there will be no meal served with the Pancake Man.
In Massena, due to concerns about coronavirus, the annual Memorial Day program will be held virtually. Those interested can search for Massena Iowa Memorial Day Program on Facebook or Youtube. The program will begin at 10 a.m. No other Memorial Day observances are planned.
In Walnut, the Memorial Day Service will start at 10 a.m. at the Layton Township Cemetery, then at 10:30 a.m. at Catholic Cemetery and then at 10:45 a.m. at the park near the Eagle Monument. The public is welcome to attend, but are asked to remain in their vehicles.