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Several Memorial Day observances around the county have been announced.
Members of American Legion Post 172 in Mount Ayr will install flag poles at Rose Hill Cemetery Friday, May 24.
Flags will be placed on the poles Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. Flags will remain on display, until 3 p.m. Monday.
Breakfast will be served to the volunteers, and the public is welcome to come out and help.
Memorial services will start at the Benton Cemetery at 8 a.m. Monday, May 27 followed by the services at the grave of the unknown at the Rose Hill Cemetery.
Memorial services at the Legion will start at 10:30 a.m. followed by a lunch by the Auxiliary.
A $5 free will donation is suggested. Proceeds will go toward purchasing a bugle for the Legion.
Matt Remburg, associate pastor at the Trinity Lutheran Church, will be the guest speaker.
On Friday morning, May 24 – National Poppy Day – the ladies of Woodside Post 97 of the American Legion Auxiliary will be distributing poppies around town.
The donations help to support local veterans’ programs.
The poppy became a worldwide symbol of the sacrifices of all allied troops during WWI; it has gone on to symbolize the sacrifices of all service members from all wars. The poppies distributed by the Auxiliary members are made by and help support, disabled veterans.
On Saturday, May 25 at 8:30 a.m., Legion members will install the Avenue of Flags and decorate veterans’ graves at the Clearfield Cemetery.
This is quite a task, and as always, the public’s help is greatly appreciated and needed. This is an excellent opportunity to teach our younger generation why we commemorate Memorial Day and to spend quality time with your children/grandchildren. In the event of rain, we shall proceed as soon as the rain stops.
From 4-6 p.m. Saturday, the Clearfield Museum will be open before the Alumni Banquet. If you’d like to meet or just stop into the museum after the banquet, please contact one of the museum volunteers, and contact info is posted on the museum door. The museum has the class pictures and trophies from the school along with many annuals, some dating back to the late 1930’s plus many other items to include veterans, churches, businesses, and family life through the years.
The Alumni Banquet begins at 6 p.m. at the Methodist Church. Make your reservation by contacting Linda Bell or Markeeta Baker.
On Monday, May 27, the Memorial Day program begins at 10 a.m. in Lion’s Hall with the Rev Al Rusk.
Following the program, a short ceremony conducted by Rev. Rush and members of Clearfield’s Woodside Post 97 of the American Legion will be held at the Clearfield Cemetery.
This year Ransford Baker, Civil War veteran, will be honored (as always, barring the burial of a veteran before Memorial Day).
The removal of veteran’s grave decorations and taking down the Avenue of Flags will begin at 2 p.m. Again, the public’s help is greatly appreciated and needed. In the event of rain, flags and crosses will be removed from veterans’ graves when the rain stops; the Avenue of Flags will stay up until all flags are dry.
Members of American Legion Post 541 of Ellston will meet at the Legion Hall at 9 a.m. Monday, May 27.
They will travel to Oliver Cemetery and Kellerton Cemetery before returning to the Ellston Cemetery for a program at 10:30 a.m.
On Saturday, May 25 a breakfast of pancakes, French toast, fruit, sausage, ham, juice will run from 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. at Community Center. A free will donation will be accepted.
On Sunday, May 26 the Grand River Alumni lunch will be served at noon at Community Center.
On Monday, May 27 a Memorial Day ceremony will be held at the Grand River Cemetery at 10:30 a.m., followed by a program at Grand River Community Center. Lunch will follow.