Memorial Day commemorations planned
Memorial Day will be commemorated with special activities which are planned throughout the Union County area.
The holiday will be observed on Monday, May 27.
In observance of the holiday, financial institutions and many local businesses will be closed.
The schedule of Memorial Day activities in the Union County area includes the following events:
At Memorial Day service is planned at 9 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery.
A Memorial Day service is planned at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the Cobden Cemetery.
Anna VFW Post
A Memorial Day service is planned at 11 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Carroll P. Foster Post No. 3455 near Anna.
Alto Pass Veterans Memorial Day Ceremonies
The Alto Pass Area Veterans Memorial Organization plans to have a Memorial Day ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25. The ceremony will be at the veterans memorial in downtown Alto Pass.
The ceremony will include a brief presentation and a three-volley salute.
The veterans also plan to conduct a Memorial Day ceremony with a three-volley salute on Monday, May 27, at the Alto Pass Cemetery at 9 a.m. and at the Dutch Ridge Cemetery north of Alto Pass at 10 a.m.
Flag Retirement Ceremony: On June 8 at 5 p.m., the veterans plan to conduct a flag retirement ceremony at Dutch Ridge Church, which is located along Illinois Route 127 north of Alto Pass.
For information, or if you have a flag to retire, contact an Alto Pass Veterans member or call 618-559-8277, 618-559-3891 or 618-559-0089.
The Alto Pass Area Veterans Memorial group is responsible for creating and maintaining the Alto Pass Veterans Memorial.
The memorial honors U.S. military veterans who have died and were from the Alto Pass area. Veterans from the Alto Pass area are invited to become members.
Ruck to Remember Event in Anna
A Ruck to Remember 5K event is planned on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, in Anna. The event is sponsored by VFW’s Carroll P. Foster Post No. 3455 of Anna.
The Ruck to Remember is set to begin at 7:30 a.m. Monday at the Main Street Center in Anna. The Ruck also will end at the center.
Organizers note that the Ruck to Remember is held to remember fallen comrades and to help everyone to “realize the burden that our men and women in the service have to carry, and the burden that families carry when they lose a loved one in the line of battle.”
Participants in the Ruck can choose to carry a 35-pound backpack, just like service men and women do, for the 5-kilometer distance of the event.
Participants can choose to walk on their own, or they can choose to walk in formation and call out some of the military’s cadences.
Following the Ruck, activities will continue at the VFW post near Anna.
An awards ceremony is set for 11:45 a.m. A free lunch will be served at noon.
The VFW and its Auxiliary will install officers at 1 p.m. A raffle drawing is set for 1:30 p.m.
This year, the Ruck to Remember has partnered with Black Diamond Harley Davidson and the Black Diamond RV Superstore to raffle a camper and a motorcycle.
Entertainment featuring Raquel Rae is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m.
The Ruck is being coordinated by Union County residents Kasie and Robert Craft. Information is available by calling 618-713-3275.