Memorial Day services set Monday; POW/MIA ceremony slated Saturday

Memorial Day services will be conducted Monday, May, 26, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery and at Memorial Park.

The annual Memorial Day Service at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery will begin at 10 a.m. Monday with a procession to the Old Flag Circle where ceremonies will take place.

Joe Frank, chairman of Missouri Veterans Commission and past national commander of the American Legion, will be the guest speaker.

The St. Louis Gateway Singers will provide musical selections.

On Sunday, May 25, the Boy Scouts of the Gravois Trail District, Greater St. Louis Area Council, will conduct their 58th annual Memorial Day Good-Turn Ceremony starting at noon. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, unit Leaders and their families will keep the tradition that began in 1950.

This is done on Sunday so that at dawn on Memorial Day, every grave will have an American flag placed beside it.

General parking for cemetery visitors will be at the Sylvan Springs Park in the lot directly in front of the main entrance to the cemetery and the Veterans Administration Medical Center at Beasley School. Buses will be used to transport to and from parking sites.

For more information about the service, call (314) 260-8691.

The Sappington-Concord Historical Society’s annual Memorial Day celebration will take place Monday in Memorial Park near Sunset Hills. Memorial Park is a small grassy area bordered by Gravois, Denny and Sappington roads, opposite Johnny’s Market.

Event Chairman Carl Spinner will have the Lindbergh High School Band kick off the celebration at 10 a.m. Randy Ottinger, a veteran helicopter pilot who served in Iraq, will be master of ceremonies.

World War II veteran Cliff Smith will be the keynote speaker. Soloist Patrick Nigh, an officer with the St. Louis County Police Department, will sing “God Bless America.”

Spectators are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and Johnny’s Market will allow parking on the rear parking lot. Parking also will be available on the lot adjacent to Johnny’s Market.

A reception open to the public will take place in the St. Lucas Church auditorium, 11735 Denny Road, after the ceremony.

Besides the Memorial Day services, the eighth annual POW/MIA ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24, near the Old Flag Circle at Jefferson Bar-racks National Cemetery.

This event is sponsored by the combined Service Academy Alumni Associations, Navy League, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. They will lay wreaths on the mass grave that holds World War II POWs from the hell ships and the Palawan Massacre; 1st Lt. Michael Blassie, the former unknown service member from the Vietnam War initially laid to rest at the Tomb of the Unknowns; and Lt. Cmdr. Bruce Van Voorhis, a Medal of Honor recipient.

For additional information about the POW/MIA ceremony, call (314) 432-8598.