Archive for Wednesday, May 24, 2000

Memorial Day service, poppy day planned

May 24, 2000

Local Memorial Day services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Oakwood Cemetery in front of the Fallen Soldiers monument.

The Rev. Nanette Roberts will give the invocation. John Musgrave, a Vietnam veteran who served in the Marines, will be the speaker at the ceremony. Seating will be available.

Outgoing commander of the Lloyd Beaton Post No. 228 American Legion, Fred McCreary, said Legion members and families place flags on the graves of veterans at Oakwood Cemetery and other cemeteries in the community. McCreary encourages all to attend the ceremony.

"Everyone is invited to come," McCreary said. "It's not just for veterans. It's for anyone who wants to honor soldiers."

American Legion Auxiliary members will be accepting donations for poppies Saturday in downtown Baldwin. The poppies are made by disabled veterans throughout the year in hospitals. Funds collected by auxiliary members are used for rehabilitation of veterans, the welfare of their families and children, Girls State and other services.

The first national Memorial Day was observed May 30, 1868. In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation that Memorial Day be observed on the last Monday of May each year.

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