MP Memorial Day event to be held Monday, county observances begin Friday

Henry County is kicking off Memorial Day with a plethora of activities and events to attend all weekend long.

Once again, Mt. Pleasant?s Memorial Day observance will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Mt. Pleasant High School gym. The event will begin with the presentation of the colors by members of the VFW, American Legion and AMVETS Posts and Auxilaries. Avenue of Flags chairman and Honor Guard Commander, Dean King, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies with Reverend Father Paul Connolly of St. Alphonsus Church delivering the invocation and benediction.

The MPCHS band, under the direction of Jim DePriest, will play the national anthem and other patriotic music. Aaron Bodenham, son of John and Dawn Bodenham, and Sam Beatty, son of Jim and Connie Beatty, are the boys state representatives from the American Legion Post 58, and will read General Logan?s orders.

Under the direction of Shari Moeller and Katie Townsend, students from Mt. Pleasant Elementary Schools will present a musical presentation of the Gettysburg Addres, Battle Hymn of the Republic and another patriotic selection.

The featured speaker will be Lanon Baccam, a 1999 graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School. BVacaam is a veteran who deployed to Afghanistan as a combat engineer and later served as the military Veterans Agriculture Liaison for the USDA under the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack.

Eight names will be engraved to the memorial since last Veterans Day, which brings the total to 1,377 names. Those names and family?s will be recognized.

Following the benediction, the honor guard will fire a three-volley salute followed with taps by members of the MPCHS band.

On Friday, May 25, flags will be placed on Veteran?s graves throughout the county. At 4 p.m., flags will be placed in Forest Home, Old City and St. Alphonsus Cemeteries under the supervision of Stan Hill, Bob Svidal and Pat White, with the assistance of the Boy Scouts. Anyone is welcome to volunteer at Forest Home. Flags can only be placed if there is a flag holder at the gravesite. It is the responsibility of the family members to make sure those flag holders are there.

On Saturday, May 26, at 8 a.m., the flags will be raised on the Courthouse lawn. This year the flags will remain flying for three days. The courthouse lawn flags will be retired on Monday, May 28, at 4 p.m., weather permitting. Anyone is welcome and encouraged to volunteer in the raising and retiring of the flags.

On Sunday, May 27, Memorial Day Services will be hel at Lambirth Cemetary in Mt. Pleasant at 2 p.m.

In observance of Memorial Day, city offices will be closed and garbage collection will be one day later that week.

New London will host their annual Memorial Day observance at 2 p.m. on Monday at the veteran?s memorial. The public is encouraged to bring a lawn chair. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the VFW Post. The last New London VFW Post 7641 fish and chicken dinner night until November is May 26 from 5-7:30 p.m. with karaoke to follow.

In Stockport, the annual Glasgow Cemetary Memorial Day service will take place at 2 p.m. in the Glasgow Cemetary. The public is invited and reminded to bring a chair.

The Wayland Economic Development annual Memorial Day Breakfast will take place from 6:30 to 9 a.m.

In Winfield, the community Memorial Day service will be held at 10 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church. The speaker will be Staff Sgt. Scott Jennings

The Milton Lions Club will serve a full meal with desserts form 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Milton American Legion building.