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According to former American Legion Dignam-Whitmore Post 526 Commander Chuck Knaub, the Grand Army of the Republic General Orders #1, dated the 30th of May 1868, commanded the following: "The 30th of May 1868, is designated for the goal of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies lie in nearly every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land".

The citizens of the neighborhood live by the motto, "Maspeth is America", and that's evident in the popularity of the Memorial Day parade held there each May. The public is encouraged to help with this project. There are three routes: 5K Run/Ruck, 10K Run/Ruck and 30K Ruck March. Representatives of Assemblyman Jay Obernolte and County Supervisor James Ramos are expected at the event scheduled for 9 the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds, 14800 Seventh Victorville.

The Westgate Memorial Day Service will start at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 28, at the Westgate Legion Hall, starting with the Star Spangled Banner by the West Central Band. The parade will not re-form, but streets will remain blocked to allow safe foot traffic back to the library.

The land of the free, home of the brave.and the most decorated cemetery in Siouxland. This was all completed in two hours, allowing legion members to reassemble on the Village Green by 11 a.m. for a parade through town. Donations to the Fairmount Heritage Foundation are welcomed.

The annual Memorial Day parade steps off from Hood Commons at 11 a.m. and ends at MacGregor Park on East Broadway where traditional services will follow. A community fellowship dinner will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. The parade will include a bevy of different participants, including bands, bagpipers, veterans, pageant queens and more. At each location, there is a brief memorial service at the graves of departed comrades.

Jeannette: The Jeannette American Legion Post 344 will hold Memorial Day ceremonies beginning at 9 Jeannette City Hall, top of Clay Avenue; 9:30 a.m.

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Monday - The 152nd annual Memorial Day Service in Rochester Cemetery to honor those who have served our country will be conducted by Essman Schroeder Post 20. The Bigfork Memorial Day program with honor guard will be held at 11 the American Legion Community Center in Effie (guest speaker to be Sandy Allen, American Legion Auxiliary and daughter of WWII Veteran Ardean Aakhus). Gen. William H. Seely III, a Bronze Star recipient who commanded the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion in Afghanistan and Iraq before serving as the Director of Marine Corps Intelligence until previous year. Local Boy Scouts will present the colors of the United States and hold a flag retirement ceremony afterwards.

The flag serves as a public symbol of appreciation, recognizing the sacrifice of generations of military fallen heroes and the families they left behind. The Neal E. Fonger Post 179 American Legion has opted for a single service ceremony at the Grandville Cemetery at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 27.

Monday, 9 a.m. - Memorial Day Mass in the cemetery at St. Bridget's Church, 2136 St. Bridget's Road NE.

The McLennan County VA Memorial Day Service will take place at the Doris Miller Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center at 9:00 a.m.

Eastham: A Memorial Day breakfast to honor all who have served will be held from 8:30 to 10 Orleans-Eastham Elks Lodge, 10 McKoy Road. An 11 a.m. service will be held at Youngwood Cemetery. The holiday is celebrated with parades and services in remembrance of the military men and women who died serving the country. The parade will continue down Main Street, terminating at Wood Memorial Park, where ceremonies will be held.

The 10th Mountain Division Foundation will host the 59th annual ceremony at the 10th Mountain Division Monument located at Tennessee Pass at the entrance to Ski Cooper. Leading the procession will be grand marshal Raymond Whitman, a Korean War-era Army veteran. The event is open to the public.

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