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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 20, 2014

Area Memorial Day services announced

By VICKI TILLIS | May 23, 2013

Several area communities, including Lockridge, Richland and others, are planning Memorial Day observances this weekend.

 

LOCKRIDGE

Lockridge will have its annual Memorial Day celebration Saturday morning.

Residents and guests will gather at 7:45 a.m. at the Lockridge Community Center to march to the cemetery, where the flag will be raised and the national anthem will be sung. A rifle team will fire a volley of rounds, and “Taps” will be played.

Those present can return to the community center for fellowship, with coffee, tea, juice and pastries.

Then at 8:45 a.m., updates for the local veterans memorial will be announced, POW and MIA recognition will be given, followed by a moment of silence. The program will be “Remembrance,” and a Circle of Flags will be posted.

For information, contact Paul Corbin at 319-696-2760.

 

BIRMINGHAM

The Birmingham American Legion will have a Memorial Day service at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Log Cabin in City Park.

Following the program, weather permitting, the group will travel to Maple Hill and Winchester cemeteries.

 

LAMBIRTH CEMETERY

A Memorial Day service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lambirth Cemetery near the Jefferson/Henry County Line Road.

A guest speaker is scheduled.

Those attending are asked to bring lawn chairs.

 

BENTONSPORT

The Historic Presbyterian Church in Bentonsport will host a Memorial Day celebration at 6 p.m. Sunday. The program will include patriotic music and readings.

The Bentonsport community will be having its annual spring flea market and craft show during the Memorial Day weekend.

 

RICHLAND

Richland’s Memorial Day service will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Central Park, with keynote speaker U.S. Army Col. (Retired) Chris Downey.

Downey is the son of Richard and Charlotte Downey of Richland. He graduated from Pekin High School in 1979 and entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., that summer. He graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree in 1983. He was commissioned as a lieutenant in the infantry.

For the next 27.5 years he served in Panama, Virginia, Kentucky, Iowa, the Pentagon and Korea, with the regular Army, the Army National Guard and the Army Reserve.

Downey holds a master’s of arts degrees in Biblical studies from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky., and a master of strategic studies degree from the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa.

He retired from the Army in December 2010 as a colonel and lives on a small farm near Albia. He is married to the former Valerie Smith of Plum Borough, Pa., and they have four children, all of whom are in the U.S. Army.

Richland’s ceremony will include the national anthem and “Flanders Field” presented by the Pekin school chorus, and two patriotic readings by Pekin students Jessica Horras and Eric Adam.

American Legion Post 504 will provide the colors, the firing squad and “Taps” preformed by J.D. Hollngsworth.

Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

In case of rain, the ceremony will move to the fellowship hall of Richland United Methodist Church.

Volunteers also are being sought to help put up and take down the flags in Richland’s Central Park. The flags will go up at 7 a.m. and be taken down at 4 p.m.

 

GLASGOW CEMETERY

The annual Glasgow Memorial Day service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at the Glasgow Cemetery.

Dusty Ryland of Auborn, Wash., will be the speaker.

Those attending are asked to bring lawn chairs.

 

STOCKPORT

Stockport’s Avenue of Flags will be flying, weather permitting, Monday along Main Street.

Volunteers are needed to help raise and lower the flags. Volunteers should meet in front of Stockport City Hall at 7 a.m. and again at 4 p.m.

“This is a beautiful sight to behold when all the flags are flying,” said Stockport Public Library director Beverly Runyon.

The town’s Avenue of Flags flies four times a year on Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July and Veterans Day.

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