The Greenville AMVETS Post 140 will hold their annual Memorial Day flag-changing ceremony at the Bond County Veterans Memorial on the courthouse lawn Monday at 9:00 a.m. Four new bricks were added to the memorial this year.
The annual Memorial Day observance at Montrose Cemetery will begin at 10:00 a.m. Monday. Greenville College President Dr. Ivan Filby is the guest speaker. Veterans’ graves will be decorated and the Greenville Municipal Band will perform.
Following the program, a brief program will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Bond County Historical Society’s Hoiles-Davis Museum to unveil the Civil War sword that has been loaned to the museum by the family of Col. John B. Reid. Local historian Kevin Kaegy will talk about Col. Reid’s Civil War service and the importance of the sword in Bond County’s history. The public is welcome to attend.
American Legion Post 1180 of Mulberry Grove will begin their Memorial Day services Saturday, May 24 when flags will be placed at every veteran’s grave at Mulberry Grove and Taylor Cemeteries. There will also be 42 flags raised village-wide.
The avenue of flags around the Mulberry Grove Cemetery will be raised Sunday at 8:00 a.m., weather permitting. Over 100 casket flags of deceased veterans flown in the Mulberry Grove Cemetery have been donated by their families. A memorial service is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
Immediately following the ceremony, the public is invited to help retire the avenue of flags. The casket flags are only flown on Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, and Veterans Day.
The Pocahontas American Legion will hold multiple ceremonies throughout the Memorial Day weekend. Post Commander Kent Weiss told us more.
“May 24th, the Pocahontas American Legion will be at the Burgess Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. for services,” Weiss said. “On May 25th, the Pocahontas American Legion and the Highland VFW will be at Robinson Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Then on May 26th, we’ll have our memorial service at the Pocahontas Veterans’ Monument on the square at 11:00. The Mulberry Grove American Legion will have their firing squad with us on the square in Pocahontas.”
Weiss said everyone is invited to attend the memorial ceremonies. He suggests bringing your own lawn chairs if desired.