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By Carissa Sitki
The American Legion Post 648 hosted Grafton’s Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony which took place on Monday, May 30, at the Legion Post’s World War I Monument overlooking the Cemetery in Grafton.
The short service honored the nation’s fallen military members. The event was well-attended by members of the community.
“We were pleased to see so many people attend the ceremony,” Bruce Olmstead, the Commander of American Legion Post 648 commented.
The invocation and short remarks were given by Father Martin Smith of St. Francis Xavier Church in Jerseyville and St. Patrick’s Church in Grafton. Smith is a veteran of the Iraq War, where he served with the 82nd Airborne Division.
The keynote speech was delivered by Grafton mayor, Colonel (Ret.) Michael Morrow, a veteran of Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Following the speakers, the Legion’s Honor Guard presented a 21-Gun-Salute, followed by the playing of Taps.
CW 4 (Ret.) Terry Day, Chairman of the Grafton’s Veterans Committee, thanked the members of the Committee and the American Legion Post 648 for their good work planning the Memorial Day.