Members of American Legion Carnie Welch Post 27 in Sallisaw will sponsor the Memorial Day Service at 11 a.m. Monday at the Sallisaw City Cemetery. Bill Aydelott of Sallisaw said this year's special speaker is Master Sgt. Jean Schnauffer of the 188th Wing of the Arkansas Air National Guard in Fort Smith.
The service will begin with singing by the audience. Melanie Drummond will then perform a patriotic solo. The post's color guard will post the colors and Stanley Collins will lead the Flag Salute before the audience sings the Star Spangled Banner. Chaplain Vernon Lawrence will give the invocation, and Bill Brown will follow with a patriotic reading. Holly Bormann will perform a patriotic solo, and Aydelott will introduce the speaker. The post firing squad will Salute the Fallen with a 21-gun salute and the bugler will play taps. Chaplain Lawrence will conclude the service with a benediction.
Aydelott said, "On Memorial Day we honor those who have died for our freedom throughout history. We honor their torture and their pain; we honor their families torn by tragedy; we honor their faith in God. On this day we can pray for the lives they gave and for the loved ones they left behind, pray for our country and our leaders."
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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