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By Carissa Sitki
Memorial Day in the United States is a holiday that serves to honor those who have passed in our nation’s wars as well as other fallen servicemen and women. It originated during the American Civil War when citizens would place flowers on the graves of those who had been killed in battle, and it is still observed today. This year, Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 30, in history.
The area several events in honor of the holiday. Calhoun County has the following ceremonies planned to honor fallen service members:
■ The American Legion Post #636 in Hardin will be holding their annual Memorial Day Ceremony at 9 a.m. in St. Norbert’s Cemetery. The small gathering will include the singing of the National Anthem by the Calhoun Entertainment Company and Poppies in honor of the post’s fallen comrades.
■ Kampsville American Legion members, their family and supporters are invited to attend the Memorial Day Service at the Kampsville Town Park at 11 a.m., where lunch will be served at 12 p.m. Meat will be provided. Those attending are asked to bring a covered dish. A flag burning ceremony will be after lunch.
Additionally, the following events are planned in Jersey County:
■ Jerseyville will have a Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 30, at 9 a.m., beginning at Wells Norris Tire & Auto on West Prairie Street. Lineup will begin around 8 a.m. and the parade will proceed north on State Street until it reaches Pearl Street, where it will turn east. Then it will continue east on Pearl to Spruce, then to Oak Grove Cemetery for a ceremony that will begin once everyone is situated. In case of bad weather, the parade will be canceled and the ceremony will be moved to the American Legion Post #492 at the big pavilion outside.
■ A Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony will be held in Grafton on May 30, at the American Legion Post #648 starting at 12 p.m. noon at the Post’s WWI Monument overlooking the Scenic Hill Cemetery.