CUSTER COUNTY–Memorial day is this Monday, May 28. Many communities are hosting Memorial Day services and events. Gene Hendricks with the Broken Bow American Legion invites the public to help place American flags at gravestones in the Broken Bow Cemetery. Volunteers will gather at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 24 to place flags. Hendricks said all are welcome.
“As a vet, it’s an honor to me to recognize the service of vets who have come before me. [The flags] are a beautiful site,” Hendricks said.
A Memorial Day service will be held at the Broken Bow Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Monday. In case of inclement weather, the service will be at the Vets building.
Callaway is hosting a Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. at the Rosehill Cemetery.
Arnold is hosting a Memorial Service at 10 a.m. at the Arnold Cemetery Speaker is Senator Tom Brewer, and they will have Role Call of Honored Vets.
Merna is hosting a Memorial Service at 10 a.m. at Merna Cemetery Speaker will be Larry Coleman.
Oconto will host multiple Memorial Services starting with Memorial Role Call of Honored Vets beginning at 10 a.m. at the Legion Building. From there they will travel to 5 area Cemeteries with a potluck to follow.
Ansley is hosting a Memorial Service at 11 a.m. at the Ansley Cemetery There will be a potluck at the Community Building following the service.
Westerville is hosting a Memorial Service at 10 a.m.
Mason City Cemetery will have a Memorial Service at 2 p.m.
The 8th Annual Callaway Good Life Center (CGLC) “Walkway of Flags” Fundraiser is going on now. Honor a loved one or their memory on the Walkway of Flags. Celebrate the life of someone special and support the Center by sponsoring a flag for a donation of $25.00 or more.
The staff will tag your sponsored 12” x 18” flag with the name of your honored individual and place with the others along the walkway beginning May 24 through May 30. In addition, everyone is invited to a short dedication ceremony of the Walkway on Wednesday, May 30 at 1:30 p.m. at the CGLC.
Jamie Jakub with DAV Nebraska told KCNI/KBBN the importance of Memorial Day and remembering those who served.
“I have to remember that Memorial Day is about those who died in their service. It’s very humbling to reflect upon Memorial Day and those brothers and sisters in arms that went before us. This is that holiday and you just reflect on those folks. If you just reflect on Arlington or our local cemeteries and the flags are out by those gravestones–that’s the meaning of freedom. And that’s what Memorial Day is about to me,” Jakub said.
KCNI/KBBN will have more information on the Broken Bow Troop Tribute flag walk and packages for troops in the near future. Flags will be displayed in the square during the week of the Custer County Fair in July.