Trigg county Judge-Executive DAR member Mary Dean Futrell will give an invocation before members of American Legion Post 374 post the colors. Randy Braboy will recognize the veterans who are presents and Sandra Myers will recognize the Gold Star Mothers, mothers who have lost their children in war. Veterans who have died in the past year will also be honored as well.
DAR member Virginia Alexander will then introduce the main speaker, William Turner. Turner is an area historian who is known for his research not only in Christian County, where he lives, but also Trigg County. He wrote the recent book “Cerulean Springs and the Springs of Western Kentucky: Images of America.”
After Nina Alderson and Maurine Bowles take part in the placing of a memorial wreath, Tommy and Linda Winn will play some special music. Linda Caldwell will then say a special prayer and benediction. Members of the American Legion will close the ceremony by playing “Taps.”
As another part of traditional Memorial Day activities, American Legion member George Zering said that his organization and members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7890 would be placing American flags on every known public and private military grave in the county on May 26. Goodwin Funeral Home helps pay for the flags and even graves with an old flag will be adorned with new ones, he said.
Last week, Zering, fellow American Legion member Richard Pauze and United States Marine Corps League Detachment 1150 member David Shore met Nina Alderson, Vice-Regent of the DAR for the traditional placing of the memorial wreath at East End Cemetery. She said they usually do this the week before Memorial Day. A member of the VFW is also usually there, but a replacement could not be made at the last minute this year.