We, the citizens of Ames, Iowa, have organized ourselves together for
the purpose of creating within the community a greater love of country,
promoting true patriotism by patriotic activities on major holidays and
in other ways suitable for the occasion.
MONDAY, MAY 29, 2023
* In case of rain,
ceremony will be in the Ames City Hall Auditorium.
Video of Memorial Day Ceremony
The Ames Patriotic Council is pleased to
announce the annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony onMonday, May 29,
to honor those who have fallen in service to our country. Everyone in
the Ames community is
invited to attend. The parade steps off from City Hall at 10:30 a.m. and
proceeds north on Clark and then east on 9th Street to the Ames
Municipal Cemetery, where the ceremony begins at 11 a.m.
The featured speaker will be Army Lieutenant Colonel Dan Runyon
(Retired). Lt. Col. Runyon, a farm kid from Corydon, Iowa, enlisted in
the Army National Guard in 1989 as a Private First Class. His unit was
deployed in Desert Storm (Kuwait/Iraq), but the war was over so quickly
that they never left the states. After attending Officer Candidate
School, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in August 1992. For a
Dan served as a parttime Guard member while at various times working for
Barilla Pasta, Pella Windows, and the State Patrol and as a gambling
Lt. Col. Dan Runyon,
In 2007 then-Major Runyon deployed to
Afghanistan, where he helped to train and deploy an Afghan Army Brigade
on the Pakistan border. In 2008 he and his family were accepted into the
National Guard Bureau
AGR program, in which he served for 15 years at various posts at home
and abroad. Finally in July 2022 Dan retired from the Army as a
Lieutenant Colonel after 33 years of service. His many military awards
Bronze Star, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, an Afghanistan
Campaign Medal, and many others.
Along the way, Lt. Col. Runyon earned an AA degree from Indian Hills
Community College, a BS in Animal Ecology from Iowa State, and an MS in
International Relations from Webster University. He and his wife Shelly
have been married for 31 years, have six children, and live in Ames.
Anyone, especially any veteran, wishing to walk or ride in the parade is
welcome. Parade participants should begin gathering at 10 a.m. in the
parking lot on the west side of City Hall, 515 Clark, and along 5th St.
on the south side of City Hall. The parade will step off at 10:30 a.m.
Due to the solemn nature of the holiday, the Patriotic Council asks that
parade participants refrain from distributing candy or promotional
literature along the parade route.
The program at the cemetery begins at 11 a.m. with Ames Mayor John Haila
offering a welcome from the City and American Legion Post #37 Commander
Jay Sisco greeting the audience on behalf of the Legion.
The program will be introduced by Tim Gartin, President of the Ames
A color guard from the Des Moines Composite Squadron of the Civil Air
Patrol will present the colors.
The Ames Municipal Band under the direction of Mike Golemo will play
patriotic music. Our featured singer will be Jim DeHoet. A list of the
names of local veterans interred since last Memorial Day will be read,
followed by a salute from the American Legion Honor Guard.
Afterwards, American Legion Post #37 will provide lunch at the post, 225
Main Street in Ames. A salute to the dead will be given at the Ontario
Cemetery at 1 p.m. and at the Story Memorial Gardens at 1:30 p.m.
For those not able to attend in person, the program will also viewable
Volunteers are still needed to help staff barricades along the parade
route from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. If you can help out, please sign up
In case of rain, the parade will be cancelled, and the program will move
indoors to the Ames Municipal Auditorium at 11 a.m.
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