Celebrate holiday weekend with Memorial Day parade

Memorial Day services announced for the area

Ceremonies to mark Memorial Day

This year's event is centered around community involvement. An evening of games will follow. After the service, the American Legion Auxiliary will be serving coffee and donuts at the Legion home.

Though Logan was the first to establish a national remembrance, there is considerable debate on the site of the actual first Memorial Day commemoration.

- Our Lady of Assumption Catholic War Veterans post 1612 will hold its annual Memorial Day Mass on Monday at 8 a.m.at the Parish of St. John Paul II at 39 E. 22nd Street. There will be a 7 a.m. service at West Parish Cemetery; 7:30 a.m. service at St. Augustine's Cemetery; and an 8 a.m. service at Spring Grove Cemetery.

Line-up begins at 10:30 a.m., at the Cranberry Lake Firehouse on Route 206 and will proceed to the Cranberry Lake Clubhouse for a brief ceremony. The scouts have collected more than 600 flags and the public is invited to bring their own flags and participate in the ceremony. Participants are encouraged to sign up in advance.

Various organizations will place wreaths on graves, led by Gary Reaktenwalt with the Marine Corps League.

Memorial Day services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 28 at Memorial Park in Metropolis next to the public library. If it rains, the 9 a.m. service will be moved to the Jersey Shore Middle School auditorium. Refreshments will follow. 563-676-6762. Gay ad Fran Bowden, Certified Lay Ministers for the United Methodist Church, West Union will deliver the message "They Lived Among Us" in the church at 9:00 a.m. Marv Peters, commander of Ely American Legion Post 555, will make opening remarks. 309-236-1633 or 309-799-7607.

Many weekend ceremonies, parades and memorial services have been scheduled throughout the area in observance of Memorial Day.

The ceremony, hosted by the Joint Veterans Council, will begin at 11 a.m. Monday.

Dowdy also mentioned that many cemeteries will host memorial services.

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During the ceremony, visiting Department of Wisconsin Adjutant Amber Nikolai noted Marshfield's Legion as visionary and a role model for the 500 plus Legion posts in the state. 309-236-2455 or 309-373-3503. The service will feature readings and music, and Ensign Donald "Sam" Alexander will speak. Both are graduates of North High School.

Program: 10 a.m., Village Hall, 520 1st Ave., Hampton. The deceased veterans list will be read.

The schedule includes: 9:30 a.m., McClure Cemetery; 9:50 a.m., New Millport Cemetery; 10 a.m., William's Cemetery; 10:20 a.m., Bloomington Cemetery; 11 a.m., the Doughboy Monument; and 11:15 a.m., Oak Hill Cemetery. Guests attending are asked to bring a lawn chair or folding chair as seating is limited.

Service: 10 a.m., Central Park, 1018 4th St., Orion. Patriotic music and taps will be provided by Minerva Community Band. Sponsored by American Legion Frank H. Nagel Jr.

A blessing of St. Vladimir Cemetery will be held Monday, May 28 at 10 a.m.

A ceremony will be held at 10 a.m.at Ludlow Cemetery. Pat's parking lot across from the VFW post.

Following the ceremony, the Clinton County Honor Guard will perform a 21-gun salute. Milan. There will be a speaker from the Rock Island Arsenal, presentation of a flag, flower placement and a rifle salute. Following the program, Taps will be played outside on the East side of the building. The keynote speaker will be Franz Christian, a Vietnam veteran.

The Osceola Mills Honor Guard will post the colors.

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