Memorial Day observances across county

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Grave Decoration, 8 a.m. - The Veterans of Foreign Wars in Wichita asks for volunteers to help decorate graves with small American flags at Highland and Maple Grove cemeteries.

This year's keynote address will be delivered by Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. Brian E. Ivers, retired, a decorated veterans who served the military for 27 years and now works for the Fort Collins Police Department. The public is encouraged to attend.

A parade begins at 10 a.m. Monday.

The city of Washougal will provide refreshments, handed out by members of the American Legion Women's Auxiliary. The parade begins at 2 p.m.

Kewaunee, is having a special Memorial Day service at 10:15 a.m. Sunday.

The annual Memorial Day service in Veterans Park, located at 3275 Central Blvd.in Hudsonville, is scheduled for 10-11 a.m. The Invocation and Benediction will be given by Pastor John Hollis.

Jessica Brown will sing the National Anthem followed by the placing of the wreaths.

Featured speaker at the program Saturday will be state Sen.

It is not necessary to salute every American flag that passes. If there is thunder and lightning, the ceremony will be held at Rochester Village Hall. The Tornado Alley Young Marines, American Legion Riders and the VFW will assist with the ceremony. The cost is $12 for adults, $3 for children under 5, and $20 for all you can eat.

The program features the Altamont Community Choir, Coles County Barbershop Choir, Mattoon JROTC Color Guard, Marylynne and Gratton Toliver, Robby Sams, Bruce Banister, Janet Poe, Larry Wilson, Judy Burrow and Matt Burrow.

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Memorial Day, recognized on the last Monday in May, will fall on May 28 this year. Twenty-one gun salute and taps will be performed. Music will be provided by the combined Moscow Middle School and High School bands directed by Tom Garrett.

The Manteno Legion National Guard, veterans and the public will celebrate Memorial Day by honoring fallen warriors at five local cemeteries and performing a remembrance for the deceased at each on Monday.

This year's parade will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the US Air Force. Vietnam veteran Stanley Stam will be the keynote speaker. Taps will be played. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held at the Legion Hall, 33 Center Ave., Plymouth.

1 p.m. - Wilbur Broughton American Legion Post 611, Stewardson, will have Memorial Day services at Stewardson Cemetery. Grand marshal is Cynthia Wood, CEO of the Veterans Memorial Civic Center, Lima. The parade will line up at 10:45 a.m. Monday and step off at 11, marching to the Memorial at Fisher School for ceremonies and speeches.

Waynesfield - 9 a.m. parade at the American Legion, 104 W. Wapakoneta St., traveling west to the cemetery.

¯ The Memorial Day parade in Forestville on Monday will begin at 10 a.m. Participants will then gather at Manchester Elementary School to form a parade, preceding to Factory Point Cemetery at 11 a.m. for a brief ceremony.

Mount Hope Cemetery, 17th and Fairlawn, 11 a.m. - Ceremony includes a Massing of the Colors, with two color guards from the Kansas Army and Air National Guard.

The American Legion Post 109, located at 624 Ash St., will offer free breakfast to all veterans and $5 per plate for non-veterans from 7 to 9 a.m. prior to the ceremony. Guest speaker the Rev. Allen Bachmann of Transfiguration Catholic Church, Oakdale.

Ada - 10 a.m. The drill team also will hold services at 10 a.m.in Rankin Cemetery.

Memorial Plaza is a popular venue for Navy events, including retirement, promotion, and commemorative wreath laying ceremonies. The formal program will follow at 11:30 a.m. Entertainment includes a live, 30-minute performance by Lady Gaga tribute artist Renee Nicole Gray and dancing to the futuristic sounds of 570 Events.

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