Cities plan Memorial Day observations

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


On Monday, people throughout the area will honor those who have fallen in the line of duty while serving in the country?s armed forces as several Memorial Day observances will be seen throughout the area.

All governmental entities will be closed for the day to honor the federal holiday. The Washington Evening Journal will not be printed on Monday and will continue printing as normal on Tuesday.


Events around the area include:



The Ainsworth American Legion Post 351 will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m., Monday, May 28.

The program will begin at the Ainsworth City Center and will conclude in the Oregon Township Cemetery weather permitting. Local U.S. Navy veteran and Post 351 member Jim Stephens is scheduled to be the speaker.

Members of the post will place flags in the cemetery at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 26. All local veterans and their families are invited to help.



Washington Memorial Day events begin at 8 a.m., with a flag raising at the Washington Post office in the 100 block of North Marion Avenue in Washington. The Boy Scouts of America and American Legion Post 29 will conduct the raising.

A Navy and Marine tribute will be conducted at 8:30 a.m. at the Crooked Creek Bridge on Old Highway 92.

At 10 a.m. Chaplain Antonette Tom, U.S. Army (RET.) will be the keynote speaker at the Memorial Day program that will be held in the Washington High School varsity gym. Seating will be provided for participants? comfort. The capacity in the gym is 2,000 people. Everyone is encouraged to attend to support the veterans and to teach the generations about the cost of freedom

Also, the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will be handing out poppies on Thursday and Friday. As part of a decadeslong tradition, the poppies will be pinned on hats, jacket lapels and other clothing items to honor the sacrifices of the men and women who served and died during war. The poppy, which symbolizes the freedom and the blood sacrificed by the troops during war, comes from the poem ?In Flanders Fields,? by Lt. Col. John McCrae. The poem refers to the poppies that grew out of the newly dug soldiers? graves during World War I in Europe. The American Legion Auxiliary adopted the poppy as its memorial flower in 1921. Poppies will be given at the Washington Post Office, the grocery stores in Washington and at Walmart.



A breakfast will be held from 6:30 to 9 a.m., Monday, May 29, in the community room. Sausage, pancakes, bacon and eggs will be served and are sponsored by the Wayland Economic Development Committee. A freewill offering will be taken.



A Memorial Day Brunch will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Monday at Goodwin Senior Dining at 223 Eighth Avenue. Donations will be accepted.