PHOTOS: Memorial Day

Valley City veterans service organizations and their corresponding auxiliaries spent the morning of Memorial Day honoring local veterans in several different ways including through a ceremony at local cemeteries, through a concert performance by the local band, and through an indoor program.

At around 8 a.m. members of the four organizations headed towards Hillside Cemetery to perform a ceremony to honor veterans no longer with us. The ceremony included the presenting of the colors, a prayer read by an auxiliary member, the placing of flowers upon a grave, the firing of three rounds, and the playing of "Taps."

From Hillside Cemetery the tour continued to other local cemeteries including St. Catherine's Cemetery, Oriska Cemetery, St. Bernard's Cemetery, Memory Gardens Cemetery, and Woodbine Cemetery.

After the cemetery tour was complete all participating membered returned to the VFW for a concert performance consisting of several patriotic favorites by the Valley City Jr. and Sr. High School Band directed by Tom Kjelland in Veteran's Memorial Park.

Following the concert, the veteran's organizations led a short program in the VFW building honoring those who were prisoners of war or missing in action to assure they are never forgotten. Then the organizations again gathered for a memorial ceremony out in Veteran's Park and near the river to honor those lost in war and those lost at sea, respectively.

The day's events concluded with a lunch open to the public.

The Memorial Day activities were a collaboration of efforts by the VFW Post 2764 Honor Guard and Auxiliary, the AMVETS Post 3 Color Guard and Auxiliary, the American Legion and Auxiliary, and the DAV and Auxiliary.

Photos by Ashley Limesand/Times-Record