Memorial Day services announced

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Piggott services planned Sunday

Memorial Day will be marked at the Piggott Cemetery with special services beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 24. The afternoon will include placement of the ceremonial wreath in memory of members of the armed services lost in the line of duty and the annual Piggott Cemetery Association business meeting.

This year the placement of the wreath will be under the direction of American Legion Commander John Harmon and VFW Commander Steve Tate. Afterward "Taps" will be performed by Chris Book, a recent graduate of Piggott High School and longtime member of the Mohawk Band.

The featured speaker will be Pastor Chris Brantley of the First General Baptist Church of Piggott.

Currently there are 779 veterans buried in the Piggott Cemetery.

Annual services set at Rector

Angela Smith, public affairs officer for the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center at Poplar Bluff, will be the guest speaker for Rector's annual Memorial Day service, to be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 25, at the flagpole at Woodland Heights Cemetery.

Small U.S. flags will be placed this week on the graves of the more than 700 veterans buried at the cemetery, and the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post, which hosts the event, has purchased seven gross of new flags this year.

Teresa Roofe of the Woodland Heights Cemetery Commission will give a financial report. A National Guard honor guard will present a 21-gun salute at the conclusion of the service.

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