BUCKHANNON — A new community Memorial Day Service is being organized this year.
The service will be held Saturday, May 27 at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 13 S. Locust St., and is being hosted by the city’s Veterans Collaboration Committee and Daughters of the American Revolution Elizabeth Zane Chapter.
Sherman Baxa, American Legion department commander for West Virginia, will emcee the ceremony and there will be musical entertainment. The Prisoner of War/Mission in Action remembrance will also be observed.
All veterans are invited and will be recognized at the service.
The DAR is partnering with the Veterans Collaboration Committee under the City of Buckhannon because DAR members volunteered to work with the Veterans Collaboration Committee chair and councilwoman Mary Albaugh to further veterans recognition efforts.
“The mission of the DAR is to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism,” DAR member Georgette Ward said. “This falls right in with our mission. To further our mission of patriotism, we are honoring our veterans.”
Albaugh said Mayor David McCauley gave the committee some perimeters to work on.
“The general charge by the mayor of the city of Buckhannon is to coordinate all events and matters involving the honoring and celebrating of our veterans, to work closely with the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars to advance events on Memorial Day, Flag Day and Veterans Day, to expand the Flags for the Fallen program at Heavner Cemetery and to make veteran presence more inclusive in various other community events while championing patriotism,” Albaugh said.
“They are just the type of people we needed,” she said of the DAR. “We needed the ladies from the auxiliary and the ladies from the DAR. I asked them not to just be a member but to collaborate with us on this.”
Although the program is hosted by these groups, members emphasized that it is a community recognition and the public is encouraged to attend to recognize the veterans.
Other events the committee will collaborate on are the Flag Day Ceremony hosted by the Buckhannon Elks Lodge. This year, Stockert Youth Center campers will be invited to participate in the ceremony at 11 a.m. June 14 at the lodge to learn more about the history of the American Flag.
The following day, a flag retirement ceremony will be observed to properly dispose of worn-out and tattered flags. The time and location of that will be announced.