Variety of events planned to commemorate Memorial Day

A father, son and American-made Chevrolet occupy the walk at the Rippey Cemetery at Memorial Day observances.

Numerous activities are planned in Perry and the surrounding area to recognize Memorial Day.

The traditional Memorial Day Program in Perry has been moved this year to the Perry Performing Arts Center, where the commemoration will begin at 10 a.m. Monday. Presented as a joint effort by American Legion Post 85 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2060, the program will feature several readings and special musical offerings.

The program is listed here.

Among other events Monday will be a 9 a.m. service at Fairview United Methodist Church. The church is located on Deer Ave; signs will direct the unfamiliar to the site. Pastor Paul Burrow will offer a message, with special music included in the program. There will be a flag presentation and special readings as well. At the conclusion of the commemoration, a gun salute will be held at the cemetery across the road from the church.

Refreshments will follow in the church basement, and patriotic quilts will be on hand for guests to sign. The quilts will eventually be given to wounded soldiers.

Also on Monday will be a series of cemetery visits hosted by American Legion Post 99 of Minburn. First up will be a stop at Brown Cemetery at 9:30 a.m., with visits to Kimrey Cememtery at 10 a.m., Elmwood Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. and Raccoon River Cemetery at 11 a.m. to follow. Pastor Jim Edmondson of Washington Chapel Church of Christ will officiate, with Emily Judd offering her talents as bugler.

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