Traditional Memorial Day services held at Fairview, Rippey UMCs

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The Rev. Cat Stokes, right, delivers the message at the very windy Rippey Cemetery Monday while Mary Weaver of Rippey listens


The Fairview United Methodist Church and Rippey United Methodist Church held their annual Memorial Day services Monday.

The 9 a.m. service at Fairview began with the Perry Boy Scout Troop 127 and the Rippey American Legion Post 583 presenting the colors. Steve Gunderson sang the National Anthem.

Kathy Fox played a patriotic prelude and service medley, and Tom Mertz, April Gunderson and James Hunt presented patriotic readings.

The Rev. Cat Stokes gave the message, which focused on the meaning of Memorial Day.

Brent Halling closed the program by singing “Under God,” accompanied by Kathy Fox.

Perry Boy Scout Troop 127 retired the colors, and the Rippey American Legion Post 583 Rifle Squad presented the 21-gun saluted.

Angel Escobar play “Taps.”

Stokes also gave the message at services at the Rippey Cemetery, with Bev Derry placing a wreath at the War Memorial.

The Rippey American Legion Post 583 Rifle Squad performed a 21-gun salute.

Wendy Roberts-Burkett played “Taps.”

The annual Memorial Day luncheon followed at the Rippey United Methodist Church, with about 100 in attendance. This annual event is hosted as a opportunity for fellowship, with funds raised being used for a variety of missions and church-related needs.

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