Memorial Day observances held at Fairview UMC in rural Perry

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The scenic beauty and rural simplicity of the Fairview United Methodist Church near Perry served Monday for the congregation’s annual Memorial Day services.

“It’s a beautiful day for one of our church’s most special services,” said Brent Halling of rural Perry, who made a few brief remarks to the assembly following the presentation of the Stars and Stripes by Boy Scout Troop 127 of Perry.

The Scouts led the people in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Special readings followed, and Pastor Paul Burrow offered a message befitting the annual day of remembrance for all Americans killed in war. Special music complemented the program.

At the conclusion of the commemoration, a volley of gunfire rang through the quiet valley and over the graves of the Fairview Church cemetery, a salute to the glorious dead to whom we owe our liberty and prosperity.

Following the ceremonies, refreshments were served in the church basement, where congregants and guests were invited to sign their names to patriotic quilts destined to comfort wounded soldiers.

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