Service and sacrifice theme for Memorial Day at Garner

A display of flags decorated Central Park at Garner during the Memorial Day weekend. Each flag carries the name of a deceased veteran.

Rebecca Peter| The Leader

Lt. Charity Edgar, USNR

GARNER – Rain moved Memorial Day services at Garner to the high school, but that did not stop a large crowd from turning out to pay homage to those who served their country.

Lt. Charity Edgar, USNR, was the keynote speaker for Memorial Day Services. A 2004 graduate of Garner-Hayfield, Edgar is a veteran of the Afghan war, were she served as public affairs officer and worked with women on the Afghan police force.

Edgar later was employed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C. before transitioning to the D.C. office of Disabled American Veterans (DAV). Today, she resides in Dubuque with her husband, Dan Jochum. She is a hospice social worker while continuing her career in the Navy Reserves.

“I am deeply honored to be back in Garner,” Edgar stated. 

Memorial Day honors the men and women who gave their lives in service for their country, “those who fought for our freedom but never returned.”

Edgar not only commended the American men and women serving in Afghanistan, but also the coalition service members and reporters who are targeted by the Taliban “in an effort to stymie the truth.”

Read the complete story in the June 5 Leader.