A variety of Memorial Day activities will take place this weekend.
•Members of American Legion Posts 16 and 642, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2591, the 40 & 8 and Smith-Cotton JROTC will place flags by the graves of veterans at Highland Sacred Gardens, Crown Hill and Memorial Park cemeteries at 6:45 a.m. Saturday. Volunteers are welcome to help. A free breakfast will be served at the VFW after all flags have been placed.
Due to the age and the condition of the stones at Crown Hill, it is difficult to find the graves of all veterans. Families are invited to place a wood stake that stands above the stone with a white cloth attached. This alerts the flag crew to know that a veteran is buried there. If a grave has been missed and the family would like a flag placed, call Larry Stevenson at 660-473-9226. Flags will be removed at 5 p.m. Monday and returned to the VFW.
•American Legion Post 16 will lead the Memorial Day service at 10 a.m. Monday at the avenue of flags at Crown Hill Cemetery. All veteran organizations in Sedalia will participate. Lt. Col. Darren P. Fitz Gerald, professor of military science at Wentworth Military Junior College in Lexington, will be the speaker.
•The 40 & 8 will host its sixth annual flag retirement program and Memorial Day picnic from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday at the main shelter at Liberty Park. Meals cost $5 and include choice of hot dog or hamburger, chips, beans and dessert. A second hamburger or hot dog costs $2. Ryan Manuel, winner of State Fair Idol, will perform. All proceeds go for flag replacements, awards for Smith-Cotton JROTC and scholarships for nurses. For more information, call 660-287-3812.
•The trustees of the Mount Herman Cemetery Association will host its annual Memorial Day Celebration at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the cemetery, four miles north of Sedalia on U.S. 65. The Veterans of Foreign Wars will participate in the ceremony. A basket dinner will follow with table service and drinks provided. Eighty-one veterans who served in seven wars and peacetime are buried in the cemetery. The annual cemetery association meeting will be held following the meal. For more information, call Leonard Singer at 827-3580.
On Sunday, American Legion Post 305 in Cole Camp will travel 130 miles to visit 26 cemeteries in the Cole Camp and Lincoln area. They will perform a 21-gun salute and play tap at each cemetery. Services will be as follows: 8:15 a.m., St. Paul’s; 8:25 a.m., Eickhoff; 8:30 a.m., Trinity; 8:45 a.m., Holy Cross; 9 a.m., Brauersville; 9:15 a.m., Bethlehem; 9:25 a.m., Monsees; 9:45 a.m., Mount Hulda; 9:55 a.m., Ozark Tabernacle; 10:20 a.m., Brushy; 10:40 a.m., Yeager; 10:55 a.m., Edmonson Baptist; 11:05 a.m., Edmonson; 11:20 a.m., Mount Pleasant; 11:35 a.m., Zion; 1 p.m., Sunnyside; 1:15 p.m., Lincoln Cemetery; 1:45 p.m., Immanuel; 2 p.m., Ionia; 2:15 p.m., St. John’s; 2:35 p.m., Mount Olivet; 2:55 p.m., Union; 3:05 p.m., Cole Camp; 3:15 p.m., Baptist; 3:30 p.m., Catholic; and 4 p.m., Memorial. The Rev. Mike Boothby will speak at the 4 p.m. service at Memorial Cemetery. The public is invited to attend any of these services.
Mike Johnson, candidate for Western Pettis County Commissioner, will give the keynote address at a memorial service at noon Sunday at Green Ridge Cemetery.
A ceremony is planned at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville at 1 p.m. Monday. Paul Connors, commissioner from the Missouri Veterans Commission, will speak. The cemetery is at 20109 Business Highway 13.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4195’s Honor Guard, Jack Andrade, Dave Gregory, Commander Dave Koehler and Bill Wheat will present the colors at the annual Memorial Day Celebration at 2 p.m. Sunday at Knob Noster Cemetery. Flags were placed on the graves of the veterans by the Ladies Auxiliary. A brief meeting by the cemetery board will follow the presentation of the colors.
La Monte American Legion Post 520 will have a memorial service at 2 p.m. Sunday at La Monte Cemetery. The La Monte Ministerial Alliance and the post will conduct the service. Sydney Guthrie will perform. The post will lead the gun salute. Members will place flags on the graves of veterans at La Monte, Mount Zion and Stokely cemeteries.