Memorial Day Schedule
With thoughts turning toward Memorial Day, it is proper to note there are special requirements for flying the flag of the United States of America on Memorial Day. Federal Statute 4 of U.S. Code Section 7 dictates that the American flag is to be flown at the half-mast (or half-staff) position from dawn until noon on Memorial Day. At noon, the flag is raised briskly to full-staff, where it remains until sunset, when it is lowered completely.
The Concordia Veterans Honor Guard will hold its annual Memorial Day tribute to deceased veterans on Monday, May 27, as they present colors and post flags at area cemeteries.
Members will assemble at 7:30 a.m. at Central Park in Concordia and proceed from there. The schedule will be:
• New Hope Cemetery on Route KK, 7:45 a.m.;
• St. Matthew Lutheran Cemetery, Ernestville, 8 a.m.;
• Oak Grove Community Cemetery, five miles west of Ernestville, 8:25 a.m.;
• Zion Hill Methodist Cemetery, west of Ernestville on Highway YY, 8:50 a.m.;
• Lafayette Baptist Cemetery, southeast of Concordia on Highway PP, 9:25 a.m.;
• Bethel United Church of Christ, Concordia Baptist, Concordia United Methodist Cemetery, south of Concordia, 9:45 a.m.;
• Holy Cross Lutheran Cemetery, southwest corner at junction of I-70 and Route Y, Emma exit, 10:10 a.m.;
• St. John United Church of Christ Cemetery, two miles west of Emma exit on North Outer Road, 10:30 a.m.;
• St. Peters Memorial Cemetery in the Flora area, 11 a.m.;
• Pleasant Grove Cemetery, north of St. Peters, 11:15 a.m.;
• St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Concordia, 11:45 a.m., with a service conducted by the Rev. Michael Pottschmidt of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Concordia;
• Veterans Memorial, Central Park in Concordia, 12:10 p.m.
“I want to sincerely invite individuals to visit one or more of the ceremonies as we perform our services in remembrance of our veterans’ loyal and courageous service to their country,” said Richard Strobel, honor guard commander.