Memorial Day services remind Americans of cost of conflicts

It didn’t take long after the United States’ entrance into World War I for Iowans to feel the full cost of defending Europe.

One of the first Americans killed in that war, at the time known as the war to end all wars, grew up some 30 miles from Rockwell City in Glidden, Calhoun County Supervisor Carl Legore said during the service at Rosehill Cemetery on Memorial Day.

More Iowans may now know Merle Hay’s name for the road named in his honor, or even the mall that sits on that road in Des Moines. But those were named for a soldier killed in battle. Not long after Hay’s death, Calhoun County began losing its own sons – first from Lake City, then Rockwell City and Pomeroy.

“In all, 36 from Calhoun County died fighting in World War I,” Legore said. “Today, we remember.” 

Read more in the June 6 edition.