The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

July 5, 2013

Honoring those who fought for our independence

OTTUMWA — Ottumwans remembered what Independence Day is truly about at a ceremony to honor those who have served and are fighting for this country.

A small crowd circled around the veterans’ memorial in Ottumwa Park Thursday morning, as officials spoke about the holiday, its history and what it stands for.

Mayor Frank Flanders said he, as well as other elected officials, can only do what they do thanks to the “brave men and women who have faced danger and death many times in our history” to provide the freedoms we all enjoy.

“As servants of the public, we’re elected by the people and for the people, and it’s a position I’m very honored to hold,” he said. “All of the elected offices and rights we have are because of the people we’re here to honor today.”

Those who have served the United States are often not remembered or honored as much as they should be, Flanders said, giving days like Independence Day that much more power and meaning.

Veterans of Foreign Wars of Iowa state commander Larry Winthers reminded the crowd of the history behind July 4 and what it means for everyone today and for generations to come.

“Today we celebrate the most important beginning in American history,” he said. “It was a world where men were not equal, and citizens were subject to the king’s brash decisions.”

But thanks to the bravery of a few, freedom was granted to all, he said.

He pointed out the Boy Scouts, who stood at attention throughout the entire ceremony.

“These are your next leaders,” he said.

Brian Morgan, who organized the Fourth of July Family Jamboree for the second year in a row, also agreed that often people forget that the holiday is not just a day off work, but it has a greater meaning.

Text Only
Local News
  • Pedersen: Spec. Ed. students should count ELDON — If you're going to publish graduation rates, stop excluding some children who are doing well. "In some ways, I think it's a little upsetting to the parents of a child who has a physical handicap or is otherwise [in special education], that th

    April 23, 2014

  • 0424 OTT Pennsylvania construction B&W photo -M -T Penn Ave. construction begins Thursday OTTUMWA — Motorists are advised that Pennsylvania Avenue will be closing for Stage 1 of the Pennsylvania Avenue Reconstruction and Widening Project on Thursday. Pennsylvania Avenue will be closed from just downhill from the intersection with Jefferso

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0424 OTT Lottery addiction graphic -T -L -M Hoping for riche$ — Part 3

    OTTUMWA — At first, George bought a lottery ticket once or twice a week. Nothing big. Spent $1 or $2 at a time. As the big jackpots rolled around, he’d purchase a few more tickets. No big deal, he thought. Soon, playing the lottery became his obsessi

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo 2 Stories

  • Interpreter bill approved in kidnapping case OTTUMWA — A filing in an Ottumwa case illustrates one of the basic tenets of the American legal system and its costs. Adem Anota is charged with one count of kidnapping. The charge is a Class A felony, among the most serious and one of only a few cri

    April 23, 2014

  • Van Buren OKs teacher pay hike KEOSAUQUA — The Van Buren Community School Board ratified a master contract with its certified staff members recently. Superintendent Dr. Pam Ewell, the Van Buren Education Association and the district reached a settlement which calls for increasing

    April 23, 2014

  • 'Ride With the Clowns' bike event full of fun OTTUMWA — This bike ride is a joke. No, seriously. The 10th annual "Ride With the Clowns" spring tune-up is set for Saturday, May 3, and this fun ride is sponsored by the Ottumwa Shrine Club Clown Unit. "It draws a regular crowd," said Mark Merringer

    April 23, 2014

  • Youth playing with guns panic Fairfield residents FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Police Department received two calls Tuesday from concerned citizens reporting kids with guns in the vicinity of both elementary schools. In both incidents, the guns were actually pellet guns but looked real. According to a

    April 23, 2014

  • The most fun you ever had

    OTTUMWA — Not every child's idea will be possible — but every idea was recorded. "Kaboom" project manager Brenna Hull of the nonprofit group's San Francisco office was in Ottumwa Tuesday. She asked students at the Ottumwa school district what they'd like to see in a playground.

    April 22, 2014

  • 0423 OTT Recycle center color photo 2 -T -M Where every day is Earth Day

    OTTUMWA — Putting cans in the correct bin, saving electricity and adjusting the thermostat are not new concepts to the Ottumwa/Wapello Recycling Center staff. "We try to practice what we preach," said Janice Bain,

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0423 OTT lottery retailers graph -T -M Hoping for riche$ — Part 2

    OTTUMWA — We’ve all heard countless stories of lottery winners and losers. The winners, some of whom hold down multiple jobs, have modest dreams for now. One wants to buy a new home or car, another wants to pay of their debts or give to charity and e

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo 2 Stories

Photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook
E-edition