Memorial Day events in Westmoreland County

Saul Bowman
May 25, 2018

10 a.m. - Memorial Day services at St. Francis Cemetery. The event, sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 695, will be a special "Kid's Night". An 11 a.m. service will be held at Youngwood Cemetery.

3 p.m. - Three Chicks and a Stage will honor local veterans with the stage production "Play It Again, Uncle Sam". That ceremony will also be open to the general public. The ceremony will begin with drum rolls and the National Anthem by the Clare High School Band followed by a welcome and introduction by John Waddington. The cemetery honors veterans of all wars by placing a flag on each veteran's grave. A potluck community picnic will be held on the Dorset Church lawn after the event. Scouting will have a BSA Neuse Basin District wreath on display.

The Milton Lewis Young Marines Memorial Day Ceremony set for Sunday has also moved to the American Legion Post 16, according to an Alachua County news release.

Hastings: 9 a.m. Monday flag-raising at Minnesota Veterans Home, 1200 E. 18th St., followed by 10 a.m. ceremony at Roadside Park. Victor Valley Memorial Park will host its annual Memorial Day Service.

The guest speaker is Retired Rear Adm. Jay DeLoach, who has received a number of military decorations during a career that included squadron and Pentagon leadership positions. Immediately following the ceremony, there will be a police escort to the Daniel Gionet Bridge on Main Street, where a wreath-laying ceremony and another rifle squad salute will be held.

Complimentary water and limited seating is provided.

Featured speaker will be Captain Lori Fassett of the Michigan National Guard. Altesina Kutulewski and Barbra Chance will be sounding Taps with echo.

Monday - Organized by the Racine Area Veterans Council, the Racine Memorial Day Parade steps off promptly at 10 West Boulevard and Washington Avenue and will end with a memorial ceremony at Graceland Cemetery's World War II Memorial, shortly after 11 a.m.

Monroe Township Memorial Day Celebration: 10 a.m. "It's a real tribute to those who served". "Honor the memory of our countrymen who gave their lives in service to our country ..."

Resthaven Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 8426 S. US 287, Fort Collins, will sponsor Memorial Day events on Sunday and Monday, May 27-28. Some of the boots will include pictures as well as personal stories from those who wore the boots. Tyler Koester and Chad Soltwedel will raise the colors. Keynote speaker is Daniel J. Zimmerman, secretary Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. Guest speaker Col. Christopher Busch, U.S. Marine Corps. He now works with the Department of Veterans Affairs as the office manager of the Jacksonville Veterans Center. If inclement weather, program held at 1867 West Dennis Graded School, School Street.

Kinston's VFW Annual Memorial Day ceremonies will begin Saturday at 8 front of the Lenoir County Courthouse. Leading the procession will be grand marshal Raymond Whitman, a Korean War-era Army veteran. The parade is held rain and shine and is free to the public.

Afterward, historian Ken Gough will be be on hand to talk about Civil War-era graves in the cemetery.

Fort Lupton's 2018 Memorial Day Service on Monday will begin with a flyover at approximately 9:20 a.m. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call the Dorset Church at 867-2260. Tours will be available throughout the Memorial Day weekend between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. $5 donation suggested, free for veterans and active-duty military.

Hudsonville's mayor, some local veterans and other Hudsonville representatives will be in attendance and speak at the service. The event will begin at 8:30 the park, 17150 C Victorville.

Patriotic music will feature award-winning songwriter and musician, Angela Baker, who has been recognized by the N.C. Veterans Association for her volunteer services. Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed on the last Monday in May.

The flag serves as a public symbol of appreciation, recognizing the sacrifice of generations of military fallen heroes and the families they left behind.

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