Memorial Day services planned Monday

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan are among the featured guests for this year’s Memorial Day services at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. Mon-day, May 31, with a parade and memorial wreath ceremony.

Lynn M. Dorrell Jr., senior vice commander for the Missouri American Legion, will be the guest speaker.

An open house is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the cemetery chapel.

At noon on Sunday, May 30, the Gravois Trail District Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts and Girl Scouts will conduct their 61st annual Gravois Trail Good Turn Ceremony.

Participants will place roughly 138,000 small American flags on graves in the Jefferson Barracks cemetery.

The Memorial Day ceremony is open to the public. Parking for cemetery visitors will be at the Sylvan Springs Park in the lot in front of the main entrance to the cemetery and the Veterans Administration Medical Center near Beasley Elementary School. Buses will be used to transport to and from parking sites.

Visitors who wish to visit the grave of a loved one may access grave locations online by visiting

and clicking on the “National Gravesite Location” link.

For more information, call the cemetery at (314) 845-8320.