The public is invited to attend a solemn at this morning. The program, starting at 10:30 a.m., will include patriotic songs, a rifle salute, a U.S. Coast Guard flyover and guest speakers.
The observance honors those service men and women who have died in service to the nation. Former U.S. Congressman Paul “Pete” MCloskey, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, will deliver the keynote address. Also participating will be a Marine Corps color guard and nine veterans organization. Some 200 flags will line the cemetery’s Avenue of Flags.
In connection with the Memorial Day observance, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts as well as Scouts from around the area and community members and veterans have placed more than 112,600 small U.S. flags on gravesites throughout the cemetery. Scouts gathered for a ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, then dispersed to place the flags, with the help of volunteers.