BEND AREA — The Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 of Mason and Smith-Capehart American Legion Post 140 of New Haven will be holding their annual Memorial Day ceremonies throughout the Bend Area on Monday.
The two organizations, along with their auxiliaries, will meet at the veterans memorial markers in West Columbia, Clifton, Mason, Hartford, and New Haven. During the solemn ceremony, flowers, a wreath, and an American flag will be placed at the markers to pay honor to the veterans who died while defending our country.
Several residents and military families also attend the services, where gun salutes are held, as well as the playing of “Taps.” According to Ray Varian, V.F.W. member, the schedule and locations for the memorials are as follows: West Columbia, 10 a.m., with the location being on Lieving Road near the ballfield; Clifton, 10:15 a.m., along Rt. 62 near Vine Street; Mason, 10:30 a.m., on Second Street at the senior citizen center; Hartford, 10:45 a.m., Rt. 62 near the post office; and New Haven, 11 a.m., Fifth Street next to the fire station.
In addition, Varian said the V.F.W. and American Legion will be traveling to cemeteries in the Bend Area on Saturday to place a small American flag on the grave of each veteran. He stated if anyone is missed, family members should contact one of the organizations.
Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces, according to Wikipedia. It is often confused with Veterans Day in November, which celebrates the services of all U.S. veterans, both living and deceased.
Memorial Day is observed the last Monday in May, and originated as “Decoration Day.” The holiday also denotes the traditional start of the summer season.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.