2010-05-27 / Local & State

County Memorial Day Services Monday

Observances at Union Cemeter y, courthouse, elsewhere
By Lindsay R. Mellott STAFF WRITER

A colonel in the United States Army is scheduled to give the Memorial Day address at a Monday morning observance at Union Cemetery in Ayr Township.

Col. John Cross will speak at the 10 a.m. service, which is the first of two planned jointly by Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 655 and American Legion Post 561. The second observance takes place at the courthouse in Mc- Connellsburg following the Union Cemetery service.

Col. Cross has served his country in various capacities, both at home and overseas. From May 2007 to June 2009, he was the team chief for the Brigade Special Troops Battalion and Engineers Battalion Training Team at the National Training Center, Ft. Irwin, Calif. Prior to that, Cross commanded the 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Divi- sion in the Taji area north of Baghdad.

Currently attending the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., Cross is a graduate of the engineers officers basic and advanced courses, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, and Command and General Staff College. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geology and a master’s degree in business administration.

Following Cross’s remarks, the VFW, American Legion, their auxiliaries and the Sons of the American Legion will present memorial wreaths; the decoration of veterans’ graves will take place; and the Fulton Honor Guard will salute departed comrades.

The McConnellsburg High School Spartan Band will perform patriotic music, “Taps” amd the national anthem at both the Union Cemetery and the courthouse observances.

Memorial Day in Mc- Connellsburg begins at 11:30 a.m. at the courthouse and includes the decoration of veterans graves, a presentation of memorial wreaths, a salute to departed comrades, remarks and prayers.

The VFW will serve refreshments at its post home on Poplar Street following the conclusion of the courthouse observance. In case of bad weather, the Mc- Connellsburg ceremony will be held inside the VFW Post 655 home.

Memorial Day services elsewhere

The 66th annual Memorial Day services take place at the Wells Valley United Methodist Church on May 31 at 11:00 a.m. The speaker will be Rev. Donnie Cross from Wells Valley Presbyterian Church. Readings and musical selections from members of the surrounding area churches. A light luncheon will follow the service.

Annual Memorial Day services for Buck Valley will be held Sunday, May 30, 2010, beginning at Buck Valley Christian Church at 9:00 a.m., proceeding to Hendershot Cemetery, then to Amaranth Brethren Church, then to the Lutheran Church and ending at the Methodist Church, with service starting at 11 a.m. Speaker will be John Zechman, LTC retired.

Fairview Church, Artemas, will hold Memorial Day services Monday, May 31, with a speaker at 11:00 a.m. in the church. Lunch will be served in the dining hall. Outdoor music will follow. Bring lawn chairs.

American Legion Post 155 in Artemas will decorate veterans graves Memorial Day weekend at the following churches: Sunday, May 30 - Robinsonville, 1:30 p.m.; Stevens Chapel, 1:45 p.m.; Rock Hill, 2:15 p.m.; Clearville Union, 2:30 p.m.; Pleasant Union, 2:45 p.m.; Zion Lutheran, 3:00 p.m.; Frame Church, 3:15 p.m.; Chaneysville Community, 3:45 p.m.; Prosperity, 4:15 p.m. and Mt. Zion, 4:45 p.m.; Monday, May 31 - Shreves Chapel, 10:00 a.m.; Bethel Christian, 10:20 a.m.; Fairview Church, 10:40 a.m., and memorial services at 11:00 a.m. Memorial Day services will be held at the legion, located on Big Creek Road, next to the community park at 11:00 a.m. The ladies auxiliary will serve lunch around noon and special music will be at 2:00 p.m. Balloons, face painting, crafts and door prizes.

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