Area Memorial Day Programs

WINSIDE – Several northeast Nebraska communities will be hosting events this weekend leading up to Memorial Day on Monday, May 31.

For Roy Reed Post 252, American Legion of Winside, they’ll be visiting nine locations starting with a departure at 7:15 a.m. from the Winside Legion Post on Monday with 20-minute stops at each location.

2021 Cemetery Schedule – Winside

The Memorial Day program is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. from the Winside Auditorium. Following their stop at Pleasantview Cemetery at 11 a.m., the group will hold their annual Memorial Day Ham Dinner around 11:30 a.m. back at the legion post and it’ll be open to the public. This will be a free will donation with carry out food available.

Attendees are asked to wear a Memorial Poppy to honor all veterans.

This year’s guest speaker for the program will be Hal Daub. Daub was a former US Army Infantry Captain 1966-1968; former 2-year term Mayor of Omaha; former 4-term US Congressman for District 2 and former member of Board of Regents, University of Nebraska. He is married to Mary Mernin and father of three.

Roy Reed Unit 252, American Legion Auxiliary will resume their annual distribution of the Memorial Poppy on the Saturday, May 29 from 9 a.m. until noon. Members will be visible in local establishments at Bomgaars, Pac N Save, ACE Hardware and Quality Foods all in Wayne.

As tradition, Junior members, chaperoned by Senior members, will go into the downtown Wayne America business district and ask that all store owners and their employees to wear the Memorial Poppy during the day. If you see members on the sidewalks, stop them to receive a Poppy to wear.

Final distribution of the Memorial Poppy will be at the Winside Auditorium on Monday, May 31 at The American Legion’s Memorial Day Program at 10:30 a.m.


In Wayne, flags were put up at Greenwood Cemetery on Thursday. The Memorial Day Program, being organized by the Wayne Consolidated Veterans organization, will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 31.

Galen Wiser will speak during the program and will also read the Role of Honor as music will be provided by the Wayne High School band. A rain location will be the Wayne High School gym.


The Concord-Dixon Cemetery Association will hold its Memorial Day Service on Sunday, May 30, at 2:30 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church in Concord with the Laurel Vets Post color guard to follow at the cemetery around 3:15 p.m. Veterans are invited to be special guests and are asked to enter together at the beginning of the program.


The Laurel Veterans groups will then be having a Memorial Day Service at 10:30 at the Laurel Cemetery on Monday, May 31 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Items being served include pulled pork, baked beans, a salad, chips and a dessert. Free will donations will benefit the Veterans Memorial.

Visit the ‘Events’ tab of under the ‘Community’ drop down for more information.