Area residents will be treated to quite an array of Memorial Day activities this year, and one of the most notable is a visit by Kathryn Koob, who will recount her harrowing days as a hostage in Iran during the crisis of 1979.
Koob, who was held as a hostage for 444 days during the uprising in Iran, will speak on her experiences there and the importance of Memorial Day. The program will take place on Sunday, May 27, at 11:15 a.m. at the Traer Memorial Building. There will also be a tour of area cemeteries, including the Spencer Cemetery and Buckingham Cemetery.
Also on the docket that day will be music provided by Carri Holst on vocals and Cynthia Drajna on the piano. The Presbyterian Bell Ringers, composed of area women and directed by Sharon Stoakes, will also be providing entertainment.
The organizers of the event encourage Traer and area residents to come and support our veterans and recognize those who gave their lives in defense of our freedom.
The full schedule for the Traer American Legion this Memorial Day is as follows:
On Sunday, May 27, 2012, the legion will meet at the Memorial Building at 8:15 a.m. The group will visit the West Union Cemetery at 8:45 a.m., St. Paul's at 9, take a break for breakfast, and visit Blessing Cemetery at 9:50. Following a visit to Genesco Cemetery at 10:15, the group will hit up Spencer Cemetery at 10:35 and return to the Memorial Building by 11:15 a.m. There will be a memorial service for all veterans lost at sea after the Buckingham Cemetery stop (weather permitting).
Flags will be placed at St. Paul's Cemetery on Friday, May 25, at 2 p.m., and at Buckingham Cemetery at 3 p.m. Flags may be dropped off at Whannel's Hardware, Reuman's Clothing, or Lawerance Podhajsky's house at 508 9th St. in Traer.
Anyone with an issue regarding veteran's grave markers can contact: Bruce Stammer (West Union Cemetery) 319-404-8861; Orville Beenken (Genesco & Spencer) 319-478-2293; John Schrier (Blessing) 319-478-2526; Harold Vorba (St. Paul's & Buckingham) 319-478-8412 or Lawerance Podhajsky at 319-478-8379.