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Memorial Day tradition scheduled


The annual Memorial Day Isle of Flags ceremony to honor deceased veterans will be held at Spring Canyon Cemetery Monday, May 27, at 11 a.m., American Legion post officials said this week.

The ceremony will be preceded by a Veteran’s Day Breakfast at the Vet Center in Electric City Monday from 6:30 to 11 a.m. Cost for the breakfast is $3 for children 6-12, and $6 for adults.

Fourteen new flags will be dedicated during this year’s ceremony. The flags will represent: James George Birdwell, Jerry A. Bise, Wayne F. Clark, Dexter H. Edwards, Jr., Roy Lee Fulton, Herb W. Horton, Arthur John Nicholson Chester I. Powell, Donnell C. Powell, Vernon D. Powell, Glenn A. Raymond, Vincent J. Ruff, Gordon Lee Skaar, and George “Swede” Walburg.

Veteran officials said the Isle of Flags would go up at 1 p.m. Saturday, and that volunteers are welcome to assist in the process.

The first Memorial Day dedication program was held May 30, 1976. Of the founding committee members, only one person is still living, Virginia Berthron.

The founding committee also included Kenneth H. Skorheim, Vesta Seiler, Marshal A. French, Velma French, Zelma Rice, Karl Wedeward, Irene Wedeward, Gunda Nash, Gladys Osborne, Chuck Baxter, Al Carlson and Wade Steed.

Master of ceremonies this year is Captain Richard Black, U.S. Navy, retired.

Monty Fields will deliver this year’s Memorial address, with Boy Scout Troop 24 doing the ceremonial folding of the American Flag and Black giving the dedication of the new flags. Pat Zlateff, LTC (retired) will place the memorial wreath.

The public is invited to the breakfast and flag dedication servicie.

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