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Servicemen honored on Memorial Day


Shelley Pope

American flags planted on the burial sites of Petersburg veterans on Memorial Day.

The Petersburg Ministerial Association conducted a Memorial Service for the veterans buried in the Petersburg Memorial Cemetery Monday.

“Even with terrible weather we had a large turnout,” Petersburg Ministerial Association President Mike Schwarte said.

The service was opened with patriotic songs and prayer. Lloyd Thynes gave the definition of the folding of the flag; Tony Long Drew recited the Gettysburg Address; and Mark Kubo recited Psalm 34.

Until three years ago, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion members performed the ceremonies for the honored fallen. Now the Boy Scouts, VFW and American Legion make sure the graves are marked and flagged and they remain for a full week for observation.

“Due to deaths and lack of man-power, we are unable to perform the services any longer,” Paul Anderson said. “The Petersburg Ministerial Association does a beautiful job commemorating our servicemen.”

Approximately 211 veterans are interred in the Petersburg Memorial Cemetery, with three dating back to the Spanish American War era.

“This is one of the services that I perform that I receive the most feedback about,” Schwarte said.


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