Friday, May 25, 2012

Valley to remember fallen heroes

Fighter squadron fly-over and speakers in Hailey and Ketchum

Express Staff Writer

Flags will fly this weekend in honor of the sacrifices made by men and women in the U.S. military. Photo by Mountain Express

Memorial Day services in Ketchum and Hailey will celebrate the service and remember the sacrifice of men and women in the armed forces.

The David Ketchum Post of the American Legion will hold its annual Memorial Day remembrance service Monday, May 28, at 11 a.m. at the Ketchum Cemetery.

Post Commander Bill Cassell will preside at the ceremony and Ed McGowan will be the honor guard commander. Guest speaker chaplain Lt. Col. Dan Crawford will present an address.

Crawford is senior chaplain at Mountain Home Air Force Base. He served for 28 years in the Air Force under assignments that have taken him all over the world. He has received many awards, including being selected by the Air Force as an Outstanding Wing Chaplain. The ceremony will conclude with musical selections from the "A Few Good Men" chorus conducted by valley resident R.L. Rowsey.

During the ceremony, the David Ketchum Honor Guard will fire a 21-gun salute to departed comrades. The event will coincide with a fly-over of A-10 Thunderbolts from the 190th Fighter Squadron of the Idaho Air National Guard under the command of Lt. Col. Shannon Smith.

The Hailey Memorial Day ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at the Hailey Cemetery, 511 E. Maple St., celebrating the service of 400 known Hailey veterans.


The ceremony will include a color guard, rifle detail and flag raising by the 366th Force Support Squadron from Mountain Home Air Force Base.

Master of ceremonies will be Cpt. Douglas Uphoff. Keynote speaker will be Chief Don Curry of the Naval Operational Support Center in Boise.

The ceremony will feature singers, speakers and musical selections, including a bagpiper from Boise. The theme for the program is "Honoring the Unsung Heroes."

"Our goal is to honor all of the cooks, mechanics, medics, supply ... everyone behind the lines," said ceremony organizer Maggie Springer.

Hailey will also provide an "Idaho's Fallen Section" to honor the 60 men and women who've passed away during the conflicts in the global war on terrorism. The section will be guarded by two Marines from Boise.

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