Our family attended the Plymouth County "Avenue of Flags" ceremonies on the courthouse lawn, May 26, 2008. It was a beautiful, crisp morning--the large crowd in attendance enjoyed the warm sunshine and patriotic atmosphere. I will include parts of the "Memorial Day Program" flyer provided to the crowd. ~Photos submitted by Linda Ewin Ziemann

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." ~Ronald Reagan, President of the United States

Avenue of Flags Honors 1,060 Veterans

39 Veterans on the Flag Roster Were Killed in Service

28 Additional Veteran Flags Were Dedicated

The names of those 28 soldiers are: Richard Albert, Joe Barger, Robert Bitterly, Leslie Bunt, Ervin C. Criswell, Pierce "Pitts" De Jong, Donald L. De Lair, Robert M. Drennen, Paul Emery Dull, Thomas Jay Dull, Thomas F. Gaul, Kenneth Hathaway, Wesley W. Heidbrink, Jim Jennings, Roger Ladenthin, Richard Francis Langel, Raymond S. Lee, Andrew Dale Lehner, Paul Meylor, Thomas L. Mitchell, Harvey H. Prieksat, Aloysius T. Rolfes, Edward E. Steele, Harold Stream, Mark David Tanner, Mark Treinen, Kenneth M. Vance, George W. Wright.

Program Note: There will be no fly-over by the 132d Fighter Wing of Des Moines because of deployments.

Above watching the Presentation of the NEW flags for 2008. There were 28 more flags dedicated this year.

An additional flag was dedicated this May for veteran, Richard Albert. The flag is being carried by Richard's son, Larry, with the family assisting in the presentation.

Richard E. Albert, veteran WWII, 1924-2007

Wreaths were presented and placed on white crosses for each of the wars, the last one presented was for "Post Vietnam Conflicts & Wars."

This Memorial Dedicated To Honor FRED RITER, who originated the "Avenue of Flags" at the Plymouth County Courthouse on Memorial Day, 1964.

Dedicated Memorial Day 2004, the 40th Annniversary of these ceremonies

Obituary Fred Riter 1909-2003




~If you have any other 2008 year photos or stories, please share by emailing the county coordinator.