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Memorial Day programs planned
May 21, 2015 Jerry Purvis   

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The Scotts Bluff County Veterans Services office and local veterans groups have planned a number of Memorial Day services around the county.
Creighton Valley Cemetery will have its Memorial Day program on Sunday, May 24 at 2:30 p.m. The cemetery is east of Gering on Highway 92. Turn south at County Road U and 27th, then one-half mile south.

On Monday, May 25, programs begin at 9 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff. At 10 a.m., programs are scheduled at the Mitchell Valley Cemetery in Mitchell and West Lawn Cemetery in Gering.

Also at 10 a.m., Memorial Day services will be held at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, 14 miles south of Stegall (Stegall Road and County Road 40). The cemetery was established in 1887 and the first Memorial Day service was in 1889.
Following at 10:30 a.m. is a program at the North Platte River Bridge in Mitchell.
At 11 a.m., there will be programs at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery west of Scottsbluff, North Mitchell Cemetery in Mitchell and Eastlawn Cemetery east of Minatare.

An afternoon program is planned for 1:30 p.m. at the Western Nebraska State Veterans Home in Scottsbluff.

Volunteers are needed to place U.S. flags on the graves of deceased veterans in both Fairview Cemetery and Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery. Volunteers are asked to meet at Fairview at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 22. Volunteers for Sunset Memorial Park are asked to meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 23.

Volunteers are also needed to pick up the flags at both Fairview and Sunset Memorial Park. Meet at Fairview at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26. Volunteers will go to Sunset Memorial Park immediately following.

The City of Scottsbluff will be placing flags at the Memorial Avenue of Flags at Fairview Cemetery on Memorial Day. A Memorial Avenue of Flags will also be placed on light poles in Scottsbluff on Friday, May 22 from East Overland to 21st Avenue west of Broadway, Broadway from South Beltline north to 27th Street, and 27th Street from Broadway west to Avenue I.

Nebraska Veterans Cemetery at Alliance has scheduled their 5th annual Memorial Day program. The one hour formal ceremony begins at 1:00 p.m. with patriotic music played by St Johnís Brass Band. Special guests from Hyannis will sing the national anthem. Words of honor will be shared by 2 veterans invited to speak about personal experiences.

District 47 State Senator Ken Schilz will recognize the sacrifices made by Nebraska service members that were Killed In Action or listed as Missing In Action. As homage to our fallen heroes, Alliance American Legion Post 7 will conduct a rifle salute and play Taps. The event is open to the public. Seating is available but families are welcome to bring lawn chairs. Over 230 attendees were counted at last yearís program. For more information contact Allen Pannell, Administrator at 308-763-2958.

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