Ames Patriotic Council

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 30, 2022

Parade (Weather Permitting) 10:30 a.m.

City Hall to Ames Municipal Cemetery

The Ames Patriotic Council is sponsoring the annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony on Monday, May 30, to honor those who have fallen in service to our country.  Everyone in the Ames community is invited to attend.  The parade begins at 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 Matthew Harvey (Retired).  Lt. Col. Harvey began his long affiliation with the Army in high school as Cadet Battalion Commander of his Junior ROTC battalion at Renaissance High School in Detroit.  He received his commission in the Army Reserves upon

Matthew Harvey

completing the ROTC program at Michigan State University.  He has served at the Pentagon and in Afghanistan, South Korea, Canada, and 15 different states, including time as the commander of the 445th Transportation Company in Waterloo, Iowa.  For his service in Afghanistan, Lt. Col. Harvey earned the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award.

In addition to his Bachelor of Science degree from MSU, Lt. Col. Harvey's education includes an M.S. in Administration from Central Michigan University and graduate certificates in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Human Computer Interaction from Iowa State University.  Matthew is also a Ph.D. candidate in Industrial & Agricultural Technology at ISU.  He currently works as a contract specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Matthew also volunteers as president of the board for the Fort Des Moines Museum and Education Center.  Fort Des Moines is where the U.S. Army first trained a group of Black officers during World War I.  Twenty-five years later, the first women were trained at Fort Des Moines as the Women's Army Corps was established during World War II.

Matthew and his wife Hayley live in Des Moines and have two daughters, Hannah and Hadley.

Anyone, especially any veteran, wishing to walk or ride in the parade is welcome.  Parade participants should begin gathering at 10:00 a.m. in the parking lot on the west side of City Hall, 515 Clark, and along 5th Street on the south side of City Hall.  The parade will begin at 10:30.  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 Patriotic Council.

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.  The 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.

After the ceremony at the Ames Municipal Cemetery the American Legion Post #37 will provide lunch at the post, 225 Main St., Ames.  Honors will be presented at the Ontario Cemetery at 1 p.m. and at the Story Memorial Gardens at 1:30 p.m.

In case of rain, the parade will be cancelled and the program will move indoors to the Ames Municipal Auditorium at 11 a.m.

To view the ceremony click here


Ames Patriotic Council Membership

2020-21 Deceased Veterans

2021-2022 Deceased Veterans



Memorial Day, 2017



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