Employees, retirees to be honored during Memorial Day ceremony

The ISU Retirees Association will host the university's annual Memorial Day ceremony Monday, May 27. It begins at 9 a.m. in the Alumni Center's Reiman Ballroom and is open to the public.

The ceremony will honor the lives of 130 retired and current faculty and staff, their spouses or partners who recently passed away or whose deaths the retirees association learned of since last spring's ceremony.

The ceremony includes a musical prelude by Collegiate Brass from Ames' Collegiate United Methodist Church, invocation by a local minister and a photo slideshow of the honorees as their names are read. Family members and friends also have the option to speak briefly about their colleague or loved one, including their service to the university. The ceremony closes with a benediction and the playing of taps.

Angie Hinderaker, program coordinator for the retirees association, said the group relies on several sources to identify honorees, including campus departments, ISU Foundation, Faculty Senate memorial resolutions, news reports and obituaries. Biographies and written comments will be placed in a remembrance book and also posted on the retirees website after the event.

Refreshments will be available prior to the ceremony. Questions may be directed to Hinderaker, 294-5790.