Communities prepare for Memorial Day observances

Ceremonies of remembrance will be held county-wide to commemorate Memorial Day Monday, May 28.

A memorial dedication, honor guard salute and McConnell Air National Guard fly-over are among the activities planned for the 10 a.m. service at the Hillsboro Memorial Park, said Commander Harvey Ray of American Legion Post #366.

Hillsboro mayor Delores Dalke is slated to dedicate the stone memorial inscribed with veterans’ names that was installed recently at the park, said Loren Hiebert, who added that other names can be listed on the ongoing memorial by contacting Commander Leroy Berg of Hillsboro.

A memorial noon meal will follow the morning service at the Hillsboro’s post home at 405 S. Floral Drive.

Other Marion County services include the following:

— Florence, 9:30 a.m., Mt. Calvary Cemetery; 10 a.m., Cedar Point Cemetery; 11 a.m., Hillcrest Cemetery. Bill Dyar of Florence Methodist Church will officiate at the services and the Avenue of Flags will be featured, said Reilly Reid of John McKay American Legion Post #308.

— Lost Springs Cemetery, 10 a.m., with the Legion auxiliary/ cemetery board participating, Dollye Novak said.

— Marion Cemetery, 10 a.m., with American Legion Post #22/ VFW Post #6958 and auxiliary participating. David Branson of Marion Ministerial Alliance will be the keynote speaker and the Avenue of Flags will be featured.

The hospitality center, sponsored by the Marion Kiwanis Club, will follow at Marion Elementary School, said Roger Hannaford.

— Peabody Cemetery, 10 a.m., with VFW Post #6229/Legion Post #95 and auxiliary (assisted by the Girl Scouts) and the Sons of American Legion Post #95 participating.

— Ramona/Lewis Cemetery, 10:30 a.m., followed by a picnic in the park. According to the Alfred Sondergards, the picnickers should bring dessert or salad; meat and potato salad will be furnished.

See pages 16 and 17 for the Veterans Salute.

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