KINGSBURG – The annual Kingsburg Memorial Day Service starts at 9 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the Kingsburg Cemetery, 12782 E. Clarkson Ave.
The ceremony is sponsored by the Kingsburg American Legion Post 191, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6152 and Kingsburg American Legion Auxiliary Unit 191.
“Memorial Day, which started as Decoration Day after World War I, honors those who have served during times of war for the rights we enjoy today,” said American Legion Commander and VFW Post member Andy Reeve. He invites all residents to attend the ceremony and assist in preparation as well.
Preparation for the event starts Friday, May 24 where graves will be prepared starting at 7 a.m., “or 0700 for those military folks,” he said. Flags and crosses will be put in place at each veteran’s grave starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 25. The ceremony starts promptly at 9 a.m. Monday, May 27, and that afternoon, helpers are invited back to secure the area.
The ceremony includes a welcome address by Reeve, recognition of Gold Star mother Faye Haws, the posting of colors by VFW Post 6152 and Boy Scout Troop 392 and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Boys State Delegate Ignacio Lozano.
The Kingsburg High Jazz Choir will perform the “Star-Spangled Banner,” “Salute to the Armed Forces” and “God Bless the USA.”
Johnie Thomsen will give the invocation and later the benediction. Helen Stone of the American Legion Auxiliary will read the poem, “In Flanders Field.”
Kingsburg High’s Karin Klair will give a speech entitled, “How Patriotism is Viewed by Today’s Youth.”
Viet Nam Era Veteran Mike Newell, who served in Panama in 1964 and the Dominican Republic in 1985, will give the address.
Memorial wreaths will be presented by American Legion Post 191’s Al Serpa, American legion Auxiliary Unit 191’s Angelina Serpa and Gloria Grijalva for VFW Post 6152 in honor of her father, John Paredes. A wreath will also be laid in Robert Yano.
VFW Post 6152 will conduct the 21-gun salute and Kingsburg High’s Bugle Corp will perform “Taps.”
Refreshments will be served after closing remarks by Reeve.
Donations will be accepted to continue the tradition of the Memorial Day service.