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Rain, rain and more rain not only has kept county farmers out of the fields but also put a damper on this year’s Memorial Day for many others as well.
Late last week, Mount Ayr American Legion Post #172 announced it had decided not to erect the over 300 flags at Rose Hill Cemetery due to the likelihood of rain throughout the holiday weekend.
Citing the monumental task of drying so many flags, the Legion chose to erect 30 flags near the entrance to the cemetery.
Mother Nature still made her presence known, however, as heavy rain and strong winds Monday morning bent one of the flag poles at the cemetery.
Between rain showers, Legion members were able to hold a brief ceremony at the grave of the unknown in the cemetery before moving to the Legion building to hold their annual community Memorial Day observance.
The observance included entertainment by a Mount Ayr High School girls choir and remarks by Matt Remburg, associate pastor at Trinity Christian Church.
The day was not a complete wash-out, however, as the sun came out mid-day to allow the remainder of the activities that traditionally mark the “unofficial first day of summer.”