Local events planned for Memorial Day weekend
by Debra Flax
dflax@annistonstar.com
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A veteran points to a familiar name on the Vietnam wall at Centennial Memorial Park. (File photo: Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
A veteran points to a familiar name on the Vietnam wall at Centennial Memorial Park. (File photo: Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
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Local cities and veterans’ groups are planning observances for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, from somber pomp and circumstance to informal cookout to fundraisers.

Saturday

• The City of Piedmont will host its annual Memorial Day service at Veterans Memorial Park on Alabama 21. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., the program will honor all military personnel as well as their families. The event is free and open to the public.

• The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4623 will hold a poppy drive from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in front of the Heflin City Hall. A tradition held by many VFW posts across the country since 1922, the proceeds from the poppy sales will go to organizations that serve veterans and active duty military members.

Monday

• The city of Anniston will host its 23rd annual Memorial Day ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. at Centennial Memorial Park. The park is located at 1701 Quintard Ave. Ken Rollins, program coordinator, said the city provides 250 seats for the event, but the attendance is at least double that on average.

“The significance of doing this at Centennial Park is that there are 10,000 names carved into the walls around it,” he said, referring to memorials to war dead. “Every name is from Alabama. These are our heroes who paid a great sacrifice defending freedom.”

The ceremony will feature a 21-gun salute, the Fallen Comrade memorial and, this year, the Boy Scouts of America Venture Crew and the Young Marines.

Parking will be available on the north and south sides of the park. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved into Fire Station 1 on 17th Street. The event is free and open to the public.

• American Legion Post 26 will plant American flags over the veterans portion of Edgemont Cemetery at 3555 Noble St. before legion members raise the flag to half-staff at 6 a.m.

While the flag set-up for the 100-plus veteran graves is coordinated by legion members, the short ceremony is open to the general public. A members’ cookout will follow at Post 26 at 1 p.m.

• The Jacksonville American Legion Post 57 will hold a meal and memorial service for legion members and the community starting at 5 p.m. at 1501 Pelham Road S.

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