Volunteers, Boy Scouts place thousands of flags on the graves of veterans

Geraldine Edwards
May 25, 2018

The Rev. Michael Watts, pastor of the Burnside United Methodist Church, will officiate.

Memorial Day will be observed in Watertown on Monday with a traditional program presented by the local veterans organizations. The parade will go down Main Street and turn to end at First Citizens Bank.

This year's parade will focus on 150 years of honor, as the parade began in 1868.

Marching in the parade will be dignitaries from the area along with veteran associations, high school children and other community members. On April 25, 1866, just days before the Carbondale celebration, a group of ladies in Columbus, Miss. placed flowers on the graves of Confederates who died at the battle of Shiloh. Parade participants may include patriotic floats or decorated vehicles, antique cars and tractors, kids on decorated bicycles, riding horses that can be controlled in a parade setting, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Little League teams and military service members. Aaron Mankin of the U.S. Marine Corps.

In Ravenswood, the first ceremony is set to begin at 1 p.m. Sunday at the old ferry landing in Ravenswood and is sponsored by the Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6669. Members will meet at the post home at 8:30 a.m. and proceed to the cemeteries.

Service: 10 a.m., Peniel Cemetery, 80th Avenue and 125th Street, Joy. On Saturday those three men will be remembered in a special service.

A Memorial Day service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 28, at the Melvin Cemetery in Melvin.

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The Rev. Lynn Podoll will be the guest speaker.

Ceremony: 11 a.m., American Legion Post 569, 515 W. 1st Ave. Because of the length of the program, spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Afterward, the parade will return to the American Legion post.

The Pennsylvania State Mounted Police will lead the parade, which begins at 10 a.m. Monday near the American Legion and marches through Beech Creek, stopping on the bridge for a Memorial Day ceremony before continuing through Blanchard. The parade continued up Narragansett Avenue to the Four Corners cemetery at the intersection of North Road. Refreshments will be served after at the VFW Post 2014, 32 Park St., North Andover.

Belmond area veterans and volunteers are needed: Thursday, May 24 at 2 p.m.to put up flags at the cemetery.

Around the country families and friends will gather to celebrate Memorial Day this weekend.

This annual event honors all veterans for their dedication, their service and their sacrifices.

Evergreen Cemetery is at 560 Evergreen St. The parade will step off at 10:30 a.m. Director of KVCNE and Navy Veteran Frank Kees will welcome the crowd, posting of the colors will be by East Carter JROTC, Mike Wurts will lead the pledge of allegiance and the National Anthem will be performed by Maddie Hale.

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Osceola Mills Mayor Ida Reams will issue a Memorial Day proclamation. The service will conclude with the benediction and retreat to the back of the building for the 21-gun salute. This year's speaker will be Waldo County Sheriff Jeff Trafton.

The Midland Sheriff's Department Honor Guard will be performing a flag folding ceremony, with the flag being presented to Hanes.

Monday's services will be: at St. Lawrence Cemetery, Penfield, immediately after the 10 a.m.

LISBON - Village of Lisbon will have Memorial Day activities starting with a parade at 9 a.m. The speaker will be state Rep. Tommy Sankey.

Lunch will be served at the Legion Hall in Aurora following the services. St. Augustine's Cemetery, Hecker.

Following is a round-up of parades and ceremonies being held Monday. The scouts have collected more than 600 flags and the public is invited to bring their own flags and participate in the ceremony.

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