Friday, May 25, 2007

Fly-overs to punch Memorial Day celebrations

Veterans honored in Monday ceremonies

Express Staff Writer

Members of the David Ketchum American Legion Post 115 in Ketchum honor their fallen comrades in a Memorial Day celebration. Photo by Mountain Express

Ketchum's annual Memorial Day ceremony will begin at 10:45 a.m. Monday, May 28.

Attendees will be witness to the "rumble and the roar of twin A-10 Warthogs from Mountain Home Air Base as they fly in tight formation over the Ketchum Cemetery, honoring the veterans who are buried there," said Maurice Charlat, commander of the David Ketchum American Legion Post 115 in Ketchum.

The ceremony will continue at 11 a.m. with comments by Bishop Craig B. Anderson, interim rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church and a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Prior to the ceremony, members of the Ketchum Post of the American Legion will have decorated the center of town with American flags and placed flags, white crosses and a Star of David on veterans' graves.

The ceremony will include a trooping of the colors, laying of a commemorative wreath, a rifle salute and distribution of poppies in honor of the veterans buried there. The poppies were made by veterans and will be handed out by local Boy Scouts.

Everyone is invited to join with the members of the American Legion in honoring the departed veterans. Light refreshments will be served at Legion Hall, 220 Cottonwood St. at Second Avenue in Ketchum, following the ceremony.

For more information, contact Charlat at 726-4092.

In Hailey, the Memorial Day ceremony will be held at the Hailey Cemetery at 11 a.m. Monday, May 28. There are more than 350 veterans buried in the Hailey Cemetery. The vets' graves will be decorated with flags from Friday, May 25, through Memorial Day.

The ceremony will include an A-10 fighter jet flyover, and Brig. Gen. Alan Gayhart will deliver the keynote address. Lt. Col. Joseph Moore will serve as chaplain. There will be a wreath bearing, flag raising and the playing of taps.

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