Legion will join in 5 Memorial Day events

Published 5:22 am Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The men and women at American Legion Post 24 will be appropriately busy on Memorial Day, which falls on Monday, May 29, this year. Commander Mike Henley reports that his Post will take part in five different ceremonies.

In fact, the first will take place the day before Memorial Day, on Sunday, May 28, at 2 p.m. at the Varnado Store Museum in Franklinton. The museum annually hosts a military display that starts in May and runs through the month of June. Post 24 will do a three-volley rifle salute, a playing of “Taps,” and more to open the display.

On Memorial Day at 9 a.m. in the Magee Cemetery in Clifton, Post 24 will offer a brief ceremony to honor John Magee, a veteran of the War of 1812, as well as three Civil War veterans who are buried in that cemetery.

At 10 a.m. in the Fisher Church Cemetery the local American Legion will do a full Memorial Day program, with John Gallaspy, who will recite the poem, “In Flanders Fields,” as guest speaker.

At 12:30 p.m. at Poole’s Bluff, the post will perform a three-volley rifle salute, a playing of “Taps,” and a prayer in a program coordinated by Don Crist.

American Legion Post 24 will wrap up the day with a full Memorial Day program at 6 p.m. in the new veterans’ plot in the Ponemah Cemetery in Bogalusa. Whit Gallaspy will be the guest speaker, and John Gallaspy will recite “In Flanders Fields,” as has become a tradition.