Remembering the fallen
The roar of musket fire shattered the early morning quiet on Lexington Green on April 19, 1775, and eight Americans fell dead.
It was the first battle of the Revolutionary War and they were the first American soldiers to die for their country. Unfortunately, they would not be the last. Hundreds of thousands more – about 400,000 in World War II alone – would follow.
On May 29, the Fort Dodge community will come together to remember all of them during the traditional Memorial Day observance.
The event will feature music by the Karl King Municipal Band. Charlie Walker and Mel Schroeder, two of the organizers of the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight, will be presented the Veteran of the Year Award. The names of all Webster County veterans who died in the last year will be read.
The event will begin at 10 a.m. in Terry Moehnke Veterans Memorial Park on National Avenue north of Fort Dodge.
Because there is very little parking at the site, Dodger Area Rapid Transit buses will shuttle people from Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex to Terry Moehnke Veterans Memorial Park. The buses will begin operating at 9 a.m.
The band will perform until 10:30 a.m., when the ceremony will begin.
Tom Dorsey, adjutant of American Legion Post 130, will be the keynote speaker.
In the event of bad weather, the event will be moved to St. Edmond Catholic School, 501 N. 22nd St.