Amherst Memorial Day ceremony scheduled for May 30

The Tomorrow River Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #11346 and Selma Voigt Post #22 American Legion will sponsor Memorial Day services on Monday, May 30, in the Amherst High School gym. This program will honor all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The theme of the program is “We Can Live in Peace and Freedom Because They Sacrificed for Us.” Fourth-grade students from Amherst Elementary School are designing posters to display throughout the area.

Patriotic music will be played and sung starting at 8:30 a.m., provided by Smokey Express and the American Hometown Choir.

The program starts at 9 a.m. Pastor Dwight Anderson of Peace Lutheran in Amherst and Nelsonville Evangelical Lutheran Church will be the clergy for the ceremonies. Gold Star Mother Joan Uhl will be honored, and families of veterans who passed away since last year’s program will also be recognized. Poetry written by Carolyn Fogg will be shared at the program and at the bridge and cemetery observances.

Blue Star flags will be presented to families of active duty service people who have not already received one. Parents of current active duty service members who have not received a blue star flag to display are asked to contact Aralda Bell at (715) 258-0237.

At about 10 a.m., attendees will march in the annual Memorial Day Solemn Procession to the Mill Street Bridge for a ceremony to honor all those lost at sea. From the bridge, the procession will march to the flagpole at Greenwood Cemetery for the final ceremonies along with a gun salute and the playing of “Taps.”

In order to have enough street room for the band and its color guard, it is requested that cars not be parked in the street along the route of the procession. Your cooperation would be greatly appreciated.

After the cemetery ceremony, a reception will be held at the High School Commons, coordinated by Mary Beth Repinski. Everyone is invited to attend and share refreshments.

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