County Honors Fallen Monday
U.S. Army Col. Brian J. McHugh will give the memorial address at a 10 a.m. Memorial Day observance this Monday at Union Cemetery in Ayr Township.
Col. McHugh will speak at the morning service, which is the first of two planned jointly by American Legion Post 561 and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 655. The second observance takes place at the county courthouse in McConnellsburg following the Union Cemetery service.
After McHugh speaks, the American Legion, VFW, 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.
McConnellsburg High School Spartan Band will perform “Taps” and the national anthem and again later at the courthouse observance in McConnellsburg, which begins around 11:30 a.m. following the decoration of veterans graves in cemeteries around town.
A presentation of memorial wreaths, a salute to departed comrades, remarks by legion Cmdr. Robert Huffman Sr. and prayers are planned for the courthouse service. Afterwards refreshments will be served at the American Legion, 411 North Fifth Street.
Memorial Day commemorates U.S. soldiers who died while in military service. A federal holiday, it was enacted to honor Union and Confederate soldiers following the American Civil War and extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars.
Memorial Day observances elsewhere
The 69th annual Memorial Day service take place at Wells Valley United Metho-dist Church on May 27 at 11 a.m. Scheduled speaker is Paul Crawford Jr. A light luncheon will follow the service.
Annual Memorial Day services for Buck Valley will be held Sunday, May 26, beginning at Buck Valley Christian Church at 9 a.m., proceeding to Hendershot Cemetery, then to Amaranth Brethren Church, to the Lutheran Church and ending at the Methodist Church, with a service starting at 11 a.m. with speaker Larry Hixon.