The changing of the flags at the Bond County Veterans Memorial and the annual Memorial Day Program will take place Monday.
At 9 a.m., veterans will gather at the county memorial west of the courthouse to change three flags, the United States flag, the State of Illinois flag, and the MIA/POW flag. Five new memorials bricks, honoring local veterans, will be unveiled.
The Memorial Day Program at Montrose Cemetery in Greenville will be Monday, May 27 at 10 a.m.
Guest speaker will be Janis Kasten from Greenville. She served at various locations throughout the world in the United States Army from 1987 to 1994.
The program will include the Pledge of Allegiance, the reading of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the presentation of General John Logan’s orders creating Memorial Day.
The Greenville Municipal Band, under the direction of Chris Woods, will play “The Star Spangled Banner” and several other songs during the program.
The band will also play a mini-concert from 9:45 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Bob Chase, member of the band, will give the invocation and benediction.
The ceremony will be held in front of the mausoleum. Those attending are urged to bring lawn chairs.
In case of inclement weather, the program will be at the Greenville First United Methodist Church on South Second Street.
On Friday, members of AMVETS Post 140 and VFW Post 1377 will place flags on the graves of veterans buried in Greenville cemeteries. Friday evening, the Avenue of Flags will be created on streets in Greenville.