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Memorial Day Weekend events

Memorial Day Weekend events

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Memorial Day weekend — May 22 through 25

Murphysboro: Friday through Monday, Avenue of Flags displayed in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park, 31 Memorial Drive, off Old Illinois 13 between Carbondale and Murphysboro.

Memorial Day — May 25

Benton: Mount Pleasant Cemetery; 10:45 a.m., services led by Christopher American Legion.

Buckner: 10:30 a.m., Knight Cemetery; 11 a.m., Smith Cemetery; 11:15 a.m., Harrison Cemetery. Services led by Christopher American Legion.

Carbondale: Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie and Auxiliary 2569 Memorial Day Walk Across America to show support for the troops. Meet at 12:30 p.m. at Carbondale Eagles, 1206 W. Linden St., next to Wards. Walk begins at 1 p.m. and participants may choose how far they walk. For information call the Eagles at 618-529-9345.

Carbondale: 10 a.m., Woodlawn Cemetery, 405 E. Main St. Mayor John "Mike" Henry will serve as master of ceremonies and Retired Lieutenant Colonel Harvey Welch Jr. will be the keynote speaker as he was 30 years ago. Other participants in the service will include Veterans of Foreign Wars Teeter-Carter-Watson Post 2605, Daniel H. Brush Chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 514, Carbondale Preservation Commission, Company C of the 31st Illinois Volunteer Infantry, the African American Museum of Southern Illinois, Company C of the 766th Brigade Engineer Battalion and Carbondale Boy Scout Troop 66. Members of Carbondale Community High School Music Program will perform the national anthem and "Taps." The Rev. Christopher E. Swims of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church will offer the invocation and benediction and the Hopewell Baptist Church is again offering use of their parking lot to attendees of the service.       

Chester: 10 a.m. at the American Legion Post 487 located at 500 Opdyke St. Featured speaker will be Glenn Poshard who is a former Illinois State Senator and U.S. Congressman, and past president of SIU. A roll call of departed veterans will be given by American Legion Commander Jeff Warhausen and Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander Ed Pierce. Mike Fogersen, Chester Mayor Tom Page, the American Legion and VFW Firing Squad. Chester High School band under the direction of Steven Colonel will also be participating in the service. At the conclusion of the service, the Chester Boy Scouts will pay their respects to Mr. Gordon “Bud” Cohen by placing flowers on his grave in Evergreen Cemetery. Those who wish may join the Scouts in honoring Cohen. Lunch and refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

Christopher: 9:15 a.m., Christopher Veterans Memorial on South Victor Street led by Christopher American Legion Post 528.

Du Quoin: 9 a.m., McElvain Cemetery; 9:10 a.m., Cudgetown Cemetery; 9:25 a.m., Sacred Heart Cemetery; 9:45 a.m., Sunset Memorial Park; 10 a.m., Primitive Baptist Cemetery; 11:30 a.m., Old Du Quoin Cemetery; 11:50 a.m., IOOF Cemetery; and noon, Keyes City Park Cemetery. Services by American Legion Roy Mitchell Post 647. 

Elkville: 11 a.m., Elkville Cemetery; 11:10 a.m., Hallidayboro Cemetery. Services led by Du Quoin American Legion.

Ellis Grove: Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, in Ellis Grove Village Hall at 101 N. Main St., and cemetery services will be at 1 p.m.

Harrisburg: 10 a.m., Sunset Lawn Cemetery. Opening prayer will be by the Rev. Brad Vinyard; Pledge of Allegiance, Boy Scout Troop 23; National Anthem, Teresa Pankey; wreath presentation, Daughters of American Revolution and Post 167 Ladies Auxiliary; guest speaker, Brandon Henshaw and closing prayer, Pastor Brad Henshaw.

Johnston City: 9 a.m., Memorial Stature; Services led by Marion VFW and American Legion. 

Marion: 11 a.m., City of Marion Rose Hill Cemetery. Observances will include a presentation by the VFW Color Guard and speech from Mayor Robert Butler. Events sponsored by Marion VFW and American Legion.

Mulkeytown: 9:45 a.m., Mulkeytown Cemetery; 10 a.m., Greenwood Cemetery half way between Christopher and Sesser off Illinois 148 when turning west on Park Street Road; 1 p.m. West Franklin Historical District, Old Mulkeytown Grade School, 2130 Schoolhouse Road for dedication of Private George A. Jones Highway Illinois 184; Services led by Christopher American Legion Post 528.

Murphysboro: 11 a.m., American Legion Paul Stout Post 127. U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, will speak. Attendees may join for a hamburger and hot dog potluck at the American Legion.

Orient: noon, Post 1961 War Memorial. Services by Orient American Legion Post 9161 and West Frankfort VFW Post 5764.      

Pinckneyville: 9 a.m., Pinckneyville Cemetery near the Perry County Fairgrounds. Services sponsored by American Legion.   

Sesser: 10:15 a.m., Ward Cemetery. Services led by Christopher American Legion.

Sparta: 10 a.m., Caledonia Cemetery. Dinner will be served at the VFW at noon. 

Swanwick: 11 a.m., Swanwick Bethel Cemetery located on Illinois 13 going west out of Pinckneyville just east of Swanwick. Historian John Marler will focus on the World War II era and those veterans. Music will be provided by John Tanner and VFW Post 6865 from Coulterville will provide the honor guard. Bring lawn chairs.

Thompsonville: 9:15 a.m., County Line Cemetery; 9:25 a.m., Union County Cemetery. Services by Orient American Legion Post 9161 and West Frankfort VFW Post 5764.   

Vienna: 11 a.m., Vienna Public Library lawn.

West Frankfort: 9:40 a.m., East Fork Cemetery; 10:05 a.m., Tower Heights Cemetery; 10:25 a.m. Fairview Cemetery, 10:35 a.m. Lithuanian Cemetery; 10:45 a.m., Boner Cemetery; 10:55 a.m. Catholic Cemetery; 11:15 a.m., West Frankfort War Memorial; and 11:35 a.m. Denning Cemetery. Services by Orient American Legion Post 9161 and West Frankfort VFW Post 5764.  

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