This year, the Memorial Day guest speaker for the Kubik-Finch American Legion Post #142 of Traer will be Scott Thompson. The program begins at 11 a.m. at the Traer Memorial Building on Sunday, May 26.
Scott Thompson lives in Mondovi, Wisconsin. Scott has Iowa roots as his parents originated in Estherville and Lake Mills, Iowa, and he has family members who have lived in Waterloo for many years.
Scott has been making feature films in the Midwest since 1999. In 2004, he started My Town Pictures, a production company dedicated to making films in small communities for the sake of bringing the film making process to any town that wants to experience it.
In 2011, the communities of Clutier and Traer were each involved in making on of those movies. The Clutier production was titled "Hometown" and the Traer production "The Call." The proceeds from each of these movies, available on DVD, benefit the respective communities and are available for purchase.
In 2010, Scott expanded My Town Pictures to include fully professional films featuring nationally known stars, but still holding true to the mission of My Town Pictures, to bring these films into the heart of small towns all over Iowa and the Midwest.
He wrote and directed the film "A Place for Heroes" here in Traer and Clutier in the fall of 2012. Major actors in the film were Paul Sorvino, Sally Kellerman, Daniel Roebuck, Ellan Dolan, Ben Easter and many others. This film was result of his great admiration for veterans and an effort to honor all who serve this country.
The schedule for this year's American Legion Memorial Day events on Sunday, May 26, are as follows:
8:15 a.m. - Meet at Memorial Building
8:45 a.m. - West Union Cemetery
9 a.m. - Saint Paul's
* breakfast break *
9:50 a.m. - Blessing Cemetery
10:15 a.m. - Geneseo Cemetery
10:35 a.m. - Spencer Cemetery
11:15 a.m. - Memorial Building
* Buckingham Cemetery following Memorial services *
* Memorial service for all veterans lost at sea following Buckingham Cemetery visit *
Flags will be placed at St. Paul's Cemetery on Friday, May 25, at 1 p.m. and at Buckingham Cemetery at 2 p.m.
Four local men were also among the many area veterans who traveled to Washington, D.C. on an Honor Flight from Waterloo back in April.
Robert Engel was a Marine and served in the Korean War. Paul Hulme was in the Army during the Korean conflict. Charles Mysak and Marvin Staker also served their country in the Army in Korea.
The men visited the WWII Memorial and toured some of the many D.C. attractions including the Washington Monument, Capitol Building and White House.