Sully Post 79 American Legion and Legion Auxiliary will conduct a Memorial Day service this Monday, May 30, at the Veteran’s Memorial on the courthouse lawn. The service will get underway at 10:30 a.m. Steve Stier, veteran of the Grenada, Desert Storm, and Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom conflicts, will be the featured speaker. From the Veteran’s Memorial, the program will continue with the laying of the wreath and playing of taps by Collin Bradberry at the Onida Cemetery. No seating will be provided; those wishing to sit are encouraged to bring their own chair.

In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held at the Legion Hall.

The practice of decorating soldiers' graves with flowers is an ancient custom, and soldiers' graves were decorated in the United States before and during the American Civil War. It was the day to pause and reflect and remember and honor the war dead and the terrible cost of war. The tradition became more formalized in the years following the war, when the nation began honoring and mourning the military personnel who have died in the performance of their military duties while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day became an official federal holiday in 1971, observed on the last Monday of May.

The community is invited to join the Legion and Auxiliary in decorating the graves of military personnel with American flags. Meet at the cemetery at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 26 to put the flags out and at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 30 to take the flags down.