Thursday, May 21, 2015

4 Memorial Day services held locally

Gen. Scott Campbell
Four area ceremonies have been scheduled in observance of Memorial Day.

On Saturday, Blackford Veterans’ Memorial Trail will play host to Crittenden County native Brig. Gen. Scott A. Campbell with the Kentucky National Guard. He will be the keynote speaker for the annual event, which begins at 2 p.m.

The next day, in Burna, American Legion Post 217 will host an 8 a.m. service with a continental breakfast to follow. This year’s guest speaker will be Bruce Von Dwingelo. The ceremony will conclude in time for churchgoers to attend Sunday services.

“This is a yearly service and perhaps the last year all the crosses and flags will be displayed for all Livingston County deceased veterans,” said auxiliary president Faye Gibson. “The veterans who died during the past year will be displayed at the front of all the other crosses and flags.  There will be close to 2,300 displayed this year.”

Those attending will once again be able to pick up a poppy to honor veterans.

The traditional American Legion Post 111 observation of Memorial Day will take place Monday at Mapleview Cemetery in Marion. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. with former Army Ranger Denis Hodge featured as the guest speaker. Inclement weather will move the service to Fohs Hall.

Also on Memorial Day, the annual ceremony at Shady Grove Cemetery will begin at 11 a.m. with lunch at the Shady Grove Volunteer Fire Department barn to follow. The keynote speaker will be 5th Judicial Circuit Family Court Judge Brandi Rogers. Music will be provided by Becky Zahrte with "Taps" played by Mason Haire.