The Traer American Legion held its annual festivities for Memorial Day on Sunday, honoring the fallen soldiers and those still living who have served our nation.
The Sunday tour of area cemeteries allowed residents to visit loved ones lost, as the Legion placed wreaths and crosses on several graves at several different cemeteries. There was a memorial held at Buckingham Cemetery to honor all the veterans lost at sea.
In addition to the placing of flags and crosses, the Legion met back at the Memorial Building for a program by Kathryn Koob, who recounted her time as a hostage during the 1979 uprising in Iran. Koob shared details about her experience there, and the greater significance of Memorial Day that she sees as a result of her experiences.
There was also a musical selection performed by Carri Holst and Cynthia Drajna. The Presbyterian Bell Ringers, led by Sharon Stoakes, also performed.
Likewise, the American Legion in Clutier held a tour of cemeteries on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28. The legion had a flag raising at 7:30 a.m. followed by a tour of some other Tama County cemeteries, ending up at National Cemetery around 11 a.m.
Despite some early rain, the weather cleared enough to allow the Legion to visit all their intended stops.