Vet groups plans for Memorial Day

Valley City’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and AMVETS chapter along with auxiliaries from all city veteran’s organizations will participate in this year’s Memorial Day observations in Valley City.

James Verwey, Barnes County Veterans Service Officer, said Monday along with the VFW and AMVETS organizations, auxiliaries from the VFW, AMVETS, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and Eagles will be involved.
Memorial Services, including color guards with flags and rifles, will take place at area cemeteries, with visits planned for 8 a.m. at Hillside Cemetery, 8:15 a.m. at St. Catherine Cemetery; 8:45 a.m. at Oriska Cemetery; 9 a.m. at St. Bernard Cemetery; 9:30 a.m. at Memory Gardens and 9:45 a.m. at Woodbine Cemetery.

At 10:30 a.m. there will be a parade down Central Avenue, which will start by Sheyenne Care Center. There will be no political entries or or candy throwing as part of the parade.

Immediately following the parade at about 11 a.m., there will be a program at the VFW clubroom, with Keith Hovland, a Vietnam veteran and Commander of VFW Post No. 2764, as speaker, Verwey said.

Retired U.S. Army Col. Alan Schuldt will serve as master of ceremonies, Verwey said.

Following the Program there will be a Memorial Service in the Veterans Memorial Park, then onto a Memorial Service at the Elks or City Park Footbridge, a tribute to those who served on the seas – “The Navy and Coast Guard,” Verwey said.

Verwey said after all the activities, a lunch for a nominal fee to cover costs will be served at the VFW.

All activities are open to the public.