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Parker VFW and American Legion Posts Announce Memorial Day Activities

VFW and American Legion Posts of Parker announce Memorial Day Weekend activities. Saturday, May 25, installation of flags on veteran graves in Parker Presbyterian Cemetery at 9:00 AM. Help appreciated.

Community Church Service at 10:45 AM on Sunday, May 26, at Park Hill Church of God - West Freedom. Several area churches have decided to make this their church service, so various pastors will be assisting. Rev. Chuck Cline, pastor of Parker and Eau Claire Presbyterian Churches will be preacher speaking on “What It Means to Be A Veteran”. Chuck is also a Vietnam veteran and serves as Chaplain of VFW Post in Parker. All veterans encouraged to join the VFW/American Legion members as a group and uniforms are not required.

A new schedule of Memorial Day Services on Monday, May 27 is as follows: Veterans will depart VFW Post at 8:45 AM to begin services at 9:00 AM at Callensburg Honor Roll. Group will then proceed to West Freedom Honor Roll for service at 9:25 AM.. A brief break at VFW Post, and then on to Eldorado Honor Roll for a 10:00 AM Service. The Six Points Honor Roll service is next at 10:25 AM, with group proceeding to Allegheny Cemetery for an 11:00 AM service at the Chas. A. Black grave for whom the Parker American Legion Post is named. Roy Calvin McGinnis grave will be attended by officers of the Posts privately; VFW is named for veteran McGinnis. The day will conclude at Parker Honor Roll in front of Parker Personal Care Home at 11:00 AM. Any Honorable Discharged Veteran is encouraged and welcome to join in this activity at any or all stops. Again, a uniform is not required.

As in last week article in Progress, the VFW/American Legion Posts regret not being able to do the thirteen services as in past decades. The ages and health of the membership was the primary reason for this change. The Commanders of both posts will stop at the cemeteries usually visited with the traditional wreath placed as previously done (including the Parker bridge). May you the public try to understand the need for this new schedule - there are many younger veterans of war and peacetime, men and women, in our area that could join us in our endeavors. We need assistance with Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Funeral Details - many of our age group will have passed away or become incapacitated in the next ten years. THEN, who will do the respectful deeds due the veterans who have given so much for our LIBERTIES?

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