Memorial Day Services Set for Sunday

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Memorial Day observances are set for Sunday afternoon at both the Piggott Cemetery and Woodland Heights in Rector, along with thousands of other locations nationwide.

Memorial Day will be marked at the Piggott Cemetery with special services beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 24. The afternoon's schedule 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's featured speaker will be State Representative Joe Jett, of Success. Jett is also generously donating two new flags for the poles at the local cemetery.

Navy veteran Eugene Mann will have the honor of placing the memorial wreath, under the direction of American Legion Commander Norman Collins and VFW Commander Steve Tate. Afterward "Taps" will be performed by Caleb Benbrook, a recent graduate of Piggott High School and longtime member of the Mohawk Band.

Offering the Memorial Day service this year will be Pastor Rondal Richardson, of the First Baptist Church of Piggott.

Friday morning members of the Piggott Mohawk football team will distribute flags on the nearly 800 graves of veterans in the cemetery, a tradition they began last year.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Rector post, will hold a Memorial Day service at 2 p.m. Sunday at Woodland Heights Cemetery.

Church of Christ minister Ken Roden will deliver a short message and a surprise guest speaker will take part in the ceremony.

Jill Wynn and Betty Essman will place flags on veterans' graves at 7:15 Friday morning. Anyone who would like to help is welcome to join them.

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