NEPONSET — Neponset American Legion Post 875 will hold its annual Memorial Day program at 11 a.m. May 27 in the Neponset Community Building.
This year’s guest speaker is Sam Rice from Toulon. He is a Vietnam veteran that served 14 months as an infantryman. He was highly decorated for valor and service with eight commendations with the rank of sergeant when discharged. He currently lives in Toulon with his wife and has three sons.
As a dedicated person he has served as Past 16th District Commander, past commander Toulon American Legion, member of Toulon American Legion and member of Toulon V.F.W.
The American Legion will present the colors and Neponset Grade School student Victoria Crofton will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Carol Gerrond will be the accompanist to the National Anthem. The invocation will be presented by Ron Toliver, pastor of the Congregational Church.
The Lincoln Gettysburg Address will be read by Neponset Grade School student Jessica Crofton and Tom Blake will read the Roster of Graves listing Neponset area veterans dating back to the War of 1812.
Audio and music will be provided by Gregg Gunning of Neponset.
After the program, Post 875 will present military ceremonies to honor veterans buried at both Floral Hill and West cemeteries, then will conclude with Taps.
Several days before Memorial Day, Jon Pickering will coordinate the setting of the Avenue of Flags at Floral Hill Cemetery to honor some 155 veterans buried there. Wendell Yepsen will coordinate the settings of small flags at grave markers of all veterans in Floral Hill and West cemeteries. Flags will also line Scott Park and downtown Commercial Street.
The American Legion Post is asking Neponset residents to fly the American flag on Memorial Day to express appreciation to all veterans and current members of the Armed Forces.
The Neponset Historical Society will serve a luncheon after the completion of the program. Student Victoria Crofton will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.