EXETER – The American Legion Post 94 in Exeter will be hosting their Memorial Day Service this coming Monday, May 28, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Exeter District Cemetery. This year’s keynote speaker is Orville Stevens a longtime member of the American Legion Post. He was a liaison to the Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital at the Battle Creek Medical Center.
During the service, Boy Scouts with Troop 309 in Exeter will raise the American flag and then lower it to half mast. The Exeter Union High School Monarch marching band will play a medley of songs from each branch of the U.S. Military. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 94 will lay a ceremonial wreath at the monument to the unknown soldier. A trumpet player from the band will conclude the service with the traditional playing of Taps.
Although, the service will take place on Monday at 8 a.m. there are things happening on Saturday. Beginning at 6 a.m., the community is invited to assist Legionnaires in placing approximately 1,300 small crosses and flags at veteran gravesites. Veterans buried in the cemetery date back to the Civil War and are as recent as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The community is also invited to help retrieve the crosses and flags at 4 p.m. on Memorial Day.