Memorial Day observances will occur Monday, May 29 in Vinton County – one in McArthur and the other in Hamden.
Vinton County Veterans Services Officer Tim Reid explained the McArthur activities begin at 9:20 a.m. in front of the Vinton County Courthouse. There will be a parade through McArthur, north on State Route 93 with the procession ending at Elk Cemetery at 10 a.m.
The keynote speaker for the program at the cemetery will be local attorney Trecia Kimes-Brown. Veteran Tom Neal will also be a guest speaker. The Vinton County High School Band, under the direction of Sam Koogle, will provide musical numbers. The flags will be lowered to half-mast by several local Scouting groups. The band will also play The National Anthem.
The program will also include the reading of the county’s war dead list by Vinton County Probate-Juvenile Judge N. Robert Grillo. He has done this for many years and also checks with the Veterans Services Office to make sure the list is updated.
The representatives of local veterans’ organizations will make wreath presentations. These groups are to include the Gold Star Mothers, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5299, the VFW Post 5299 Auxiliary and American Legion Post 303. There will be a 21-gun salute by VFW 5299 Honor Guard and “Taps” will be played by a Vinton County High School Band member.
Later that Monday morning, the Hamden Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor the Memorial Day activities in Hamden. It has been held for many years and has become a tradition. Fire Chief Jayson Potts told The Telegram the parade will start through the downtown area at 11:30 a.m.
The parking lineup starts at approximately 11 a.m. It will go south on State Route 93 to Hamden Cemetery and there will be a program with Trecia Kimes-Brown serving as the keynote speaker. There will also be music by the Vinton County High School Band along with several special ceremonies.
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