Avenue of Flags Celebrates 53 Years
(Le Mars) — Today is Memorial Day, and organizers with the Wasmer Post #241 American Legion of Le Mars are getting set the for 53rd anniversary of the “Avenue of Flags” ceremony scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. on the north lawn
of the the Plymouth County Courthouse in Le Mars.
The annual parade will officially kick off the program, and due to the construction on Central Avenue, Wayne Schipper, Commander of the local American Legion, says this year’s parade has been slightly altered.
The Memorial program is set to start at 10:00 a.m. and Schipper recites the schedule of events for the Plymouth County Courthouse.
Included for the Memorial Day program will be Jim Rolfes reciting his emotional and inspiring poem, “Come Visit My Grave.”
Pat Murphy will read the roll of names. This year, Schipper says at least 27 new flags and names will be dedicated, bringing the total to nearly 1350 flags. The program will conclude with the rifle salute and the playing of taps. The Le Mars Municipal Band will perform various military salute numbers as well as other patriotic music.
Schuster Trucking Company Details Semi Trailer To Honor Veterans
(Le Mars) — One feature that will be new this year at the “Avenue of Flags” program will be a semi trailer that has been detailed with a photo of the Plymouth County Courthouse, along with the 1300 names of the all the Le Mars Veterans being honored during this Memorial Day. The trailer is being
donated by Schuster and Company Trucking firm of Le Mars. President and owner of Schuster Trucking Company, Steve Schuster tells how the idea
Schuster says several people and local companies assisted with the project.
Schuster says the trailer will serve as a permanent home and storage for all the flags. He says the people of Le Mars may see it at some of the parades.
Schuster says it took about six weeks to create the design, and to detail the semi trailer.
And Then There Were Five…
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Following the abrupt departure of one leading candidate, the five remaining Democrats running for governor are scrambling in the final days before Iowa’s June 5 primary.
Candidates are working to win over supporters of state Sen. Nate
Boulton, who suspended his campaign after the Des Moines Register reported last week that three women allege he touched them inappropriately years ago.
Polls have indicated retired businessman Fred Hubbell is leading the race, and Boulton’s departure could help him top the 35 percent mark required for the nomination. If no candidate reaches that threshold, the nomination would be decided at a state convention.
The other candidates are union leader Cathy Glasson, physician Andy McGuire, party activist John Norris and former Iowa City mayor Ross Wilburn.
The nominee will face Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds.
New Evidence Shows Wrong Man May Have Been Imprisoned For 31 Years
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A witness has come forward with new sworn testimony that suggests the wrong man may have been in prison for 31 years in the slaying of a western Iowa girl.
The testimony comes in the case of Daniel Harris, who maintains his innocence in the 1986 stabbing and beating death of 16-year-old Kristina Nelson in Council Bluffs. Harris’ lawyers say they are convinced he’s the victim of a miscarriage of justice and are seeking new proceedings they say will prove he was framed.
The new testimony comes from Ricky Lee Smith, who was at an underage drinking party with Nelson’s boyfriend the night of the homicide. He says in an affidavit that Nelson’s boyfriend and his friend left the party to pick Nelson up and returned “covered in blood” hours later.