Residents throughout Putnam and Bureau counties will have the opportunity this Memorial Day weekend to show their patriotism and appreciation to the country's veterans through numerous special Memorial Day community services. American flags will be waved and placed on the graves of area veterans. Some communities will have special parades and remembrance services. Originally called Decoration Day, the Memorial Day holiday was first observed May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of the Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
ARLINGTON — Harold E. Russell 938, American Legion, Ladd, will host Memorial Day services at 9:45 a.m. May 26 at the Calvary Cemetery.
BUDA —Buda America Legion Post 261 will conduct Memorial Day services at 10 a.m. May 26 at Hopeland Cemetery, west of Buda.
CHERRY — Harold E. Russell Post 938, American Legion, Ladd, will host Memorial Day services at 8:45 a.m. May 26 at the Cherry Miner’s Cemetery.
DALZELL — Harold E. Russell Post 938, American Legion, Ladd, will host Memorial Day services at 11:15 a.m. May 26 at the Dalzell Memorial Park.
DEPUE —The Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 4602 will hold Memorial Day services at 11 a.m. May 26 Veterans’ Park.
St. Mary’s Cemetery, DePue, will have a Memorial Day Mass at the cemetery at 9 a.m. May 26. Cars should be parked facing north; bring lawn chairs. Coffee and rolls will be served in the parish hall after Mass. In case of rain, Mass will be in the church.
DOVER — American Legion Post 125 of Princeton, AMVETS Post 180, VFW Post 4323, American Legion Woman’s Auxiliary Unit 125 and the Princeton DAR will perform Memorial Day honors at the Prairie Repose Cemetery on Route 34 in Dover at 9 a.m. May 26.
GRANVILLE — The Granville American Legion will met at 9 a.m. May 26 at the Legion building to get organized. From there, they will march to the Granville Cemetery arriving at 10 a.m. Judge Scott Shore will give the address.
HENNEPIN — Hennepin Post 1044 American Legion will be holding Memorial Day services at 9 a.m. May 26 at the Florid Cemetery in Florid and at 11:30 a.m. at the Riverside Cemetery in Hennepin.
LAMOILLE —Harold E. Russell Post 938, American Legion, Ladd, will host Memorial Day services at 10 a.m. May 26 at the Greenfield Cemetery. The guest speaker will be Don Elmore. Pastor Gerald Graham of the First Baptist Church will give the prayer and benediction.
LADD — Harold E. Russell Post 938, American Legion, Ladd, will host Memorial Day Services on May 26 at the following times: 8:15 a.m. — Berean Cemetery; 11:45 a.m. — Ladd Cemetery, Ladd; and 12:15 p.m. — War Memorial Park, Ladd.
MAGNOLIA — The McNabb and Magnolia American Legion Posts will hold Memorial Day services at 7:30 a.m. May 26 at Caledonia Cemetery At 9:15 a.m., the Posts will lead services at the Magnolia Cemetery with coffee and doughnuts to follow at the fire station. There will be services at Roberts Cemetery at 10:15 a.m., at First Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery 2 at 10:25 a.m. and at First Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery 1 at 10:40 a.m.
MALDEN — American Legion Post 125 of Princeton, AMVETS Post 180, VFW Post 4323, American Legion Woman’s Auxiliary Unit 125 and the Princeton DAR will perform Memorial Day honors at the Malden City Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. May 26.
MANLIUS —Memorial Day Services will be held at 10 a.m. May 26 at Mullin Memorial Park. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
MCNABB — The McNabb and Magnolia American Legion Posts will conduct Memorial Day services at 8 a.m. at Friends Cemetery in McNabb.
NEPONSET —Neponset American Legion Post 875 will hold its annual Memorial Day Program at 11 a.m. May 26 in the Neponset Community Building.
This year’s guest speaker is Capt. George Farley from Geneseo. He is an Army Judge Advocate for the U.S. Army Material Command, Redstone, Ala. Farley, an Indianapolis native, enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army Field Artillery in 1989. After completing his initial active duty enlistment, he affiliated with the Indiana National Guard where he continued his military career advancing to the rant of first sergeant.
In 2006, he took his commission as first lieutenant in the U.S. Army JAG Corps., serving as a judge advocate at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska, where he deployed with the first of the 25th Styker Brigade Combat Team to Diyala Province, Iraq.
After returning to Alaska, Farley was reassigned to the Rock Island Arsenal with the Army Sustainment Command for three years. He is on his last assignment at Redstone Arsenal where he is expected to retire after serving the country for the last 25 years.
The American Legion will present the colors, and Neponset Grade School student Celeste Martinez will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Eileen Gunning will be the accompanist to the National Anthem. Pastor Andrew Hopp of Neponset United Methodist Church will give the invocation.
The Lincoln Gettysburg Address will be read by Neponset Grade School student Lorainne Tremblay 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 setting the Avenue of Flags to honor some 160 veterans buried there. Wendell Yepsen will coordinate the setting of small flags at grave marker of all veterans in Floral Hill and West cemeteries. Flags will also line Scott Park and downtown Commercial Street.
The Neponset American Legion Post 875 is asking residents to fly the American flag on Memorial Day to express appreciation to all veterans and current members of the U.S. Armed Forces
NEW BEDFORD — The New Bedford Royal Neighbors of America will conduct its annual Memorial Day services at 2 p.m. June 1 at the Union Cemetery in New Bedford.
OHIO — A Memorial Day service will be held at 10 a.m. May 26 at the Ohio school gymnasium. The Rev. Gene Vincent of Ohio Lutheran Church will give the address. After the service, participants will walk to Union Cemetery to distribute flowers on veterans’ graves followed by a prayer and the playing of taps. A similar ceremony will then take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery north of Ohio.
The Immaculate Conception Church in Ohio will hold an 8 a.m. Mass followed by a rosary at St. Mary’s Cemetery on May 26.
PRINCETON — American Legion Post 125 of Princeton, AMVETS Post 180, VFW Post 4323, American Legion Woman’s Auxiliary Unit 125 and the Princeton DAR will perform Memorial Day honors beginning at Oakland Cemetery on Park Avenue West at 8 a.m.
From there, the group will go to Elm Lawn Memorial Park for services there at 8:30 a.m., then on to Dover Prairie Repose on Route 34 and then to the Malden City Cemetery.
After the graveside services, the group will line up at 10 a.m. at Marquette and North Main streets in Princeton for the parade.
Memorial Day ceremonies will begin at Soldiers and Sailors Park after the parade with retired Sgt. Wayne Sapp as guest speaker. Sapp served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970 with the Air Mobile Infantry. Legion Post Commander Terry A. DeSalle will be the master of ceremonies. All times are approximate.
After the ceremonies at Soldiers and Sailors Park, the public is invited to return to the Legion Hall at 1549 W. Peru St., for light refreshments provided by the General Federated Woman’s Club ladies.
SEATONVILLE — Harold E. Russell Post 938, American Legion, Ladd, will host Memorial Day Services at 7:45 a.m. May 26 at Ray Barto Memorial Park.
SHEFFIELD —Memorial Day services will be held at 10 a.m. May 26 at Veteran’s School Park.
SPRING VALLEY — The American Legion will hold Memorial Day services at 2 p.m. May 26 at Valley Memorial Park, 13312 Illinois Highway 89, Spring Valley.
TAMPICO — Tampico American Legion Post 574 will conduct Memorial Day services at 10 a.m. May 26 at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. A salute and tapes will be performed. Then they will proceed to the Tampico Memorial Cemetery for a salute and taps.
TISKILWA — The Tiskilwa Historical Society and Tiskilwa American Legion will hold Memorial Day services at 10 a.m. May 26 in East Park.
VAN ORIN —Memorial Day Services will be held at 10 a.m. May 26 at the Bache Chapel in Van Orin. Boy Scout Troop 1055 will post the colors. There will be music and a speaker. Refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall after the service.
VARNA — The McNabb and Magnolia American Legion Posts will be conducting Memorial Day services at 10:45 a.m. May 26 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, Varna, followed at 11 a.m. by services at the War Memorial at the grade school.
WALNUT — Memorial Day services will be held at 11 a.m. May 26 at the Walnut Cemetery. The Walnut American Legion Post 179 is in charge of the program, and Gary McMullen will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
The Walnut Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will give the Pledge of Allegiance. Father Thomas Shaw and St. John’s Catholic Church will give the invocation. Acting Walnut Mayor Dennis Grobe will give the welcome. Jerry Fairbanks will give the memorial address and Josh Monier will present the Gettysburg Address. Ellen Johnson will say the soldier’s prayer.
Legion membership awards will be presented to Johnnie Fritz for 50 years of service and Neil Stiver Jr. and Albert Jacobs for 60 years of services.
Music will be presented by Derek Grant of Durant, Iowa, and the Bureau Valley North Band.
The ceremony will be held rain or shine. The Legion Color Guard and the scouts will march from downtown, through the Avenue of Flags at 10:30 a.m.
WYANET — The Wyanet Memorial Day parade will start at 10 a.m. May 26 from the United Methodist Church. Services will be held in Forest Hill Cemetery and conducted by VFW Post 6634 and Auxiliary. The Wyanet Historical Society will sponsor an ice cream and sandwich social after the services at the Wyanet Memorial Park.