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Princeton veterans groups plan Memorial Day services

PRINCETON — Memorial Day services will be conducted by Princeton veterans from American Legion Post 125, AMVETS Post 180 and VFW Post 4323, as well as American Legion Woman’s Auxiliary Unit 125 and the Princeton chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Services will begin at Oakland Cemetery on Park Avenue West at 8 a.m. They will then proceed to Elm Lawn Memorial Park around 8:30 a.m. and then the veterans will proceeds to Prairie Repose Cemetery on Route 34 in Dover about 9 a.m. and then to the Malden City Cemetery for services there around 9:30 a.m. All times are approximate.

The parade line up will be at 10 a.m. at Marquette and North Main Street in Princeton. The parade then proceeds down South Main Street to Soldiers and Sailors Park.

Master of ceremonies Legion Post Commander Terry A. DeSalle will introduce the guest speaker, retired sergeant Wayne Sapp.

Sapp was born and raised in Wyanet to Arnold and Connie Sapp and now resides in Iowa. He served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970 with Air Mobile Infantry. After discharge, Sapp was a recruiter for 13 years as “Operational NCO” for the National Guard.

After the ceremonies in the park, all guests are invited back to the Legion Post, 1549 W. Peru St., for light refreshments provided by the General Federated Woman’s Club ladies.

Veteran-made red poppies will be available for donations to those who did not get one over the preceding weekend. Poppies are available to anyone wishing them by sending a donation, along with stamped return addressed envelope, to Chairman Bernice Burke, 2121 Crestview Drive, Princeton, IL 61356. Remember to state how may poppies you want.

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