Memorial services were conducted at nine local cemeteries on Memorial Day, May 28 to honor those who gave their lives in defense of their country and are buried in those cemeteries.
Members of the VFW Post No. 2047, American Legion Post No. 54, auxiliary groups and Sons of the American Legion conduct these services each year.
Their route began in Addy at 9 a.m. and finished in Springdale at Noon.
The short ceremonies included the presentation of colors, a prayer, and a 21-gun salute. Paul Sety and Jeff Petersen, a Jenkins High School senior, played taps and Joe Trudeau played Amazing Grace on the bagpipes.
For the first time, the Springdale Woman’s Club provided a free homemade deli lunch for the honor guard at the Camas Valley Grange once the services concluded.
Woman’s Club member Jan Buche said they thought it would be a good way to thank these veterans who continue to serve their country and communities.
The veteran organizations have been conducting services at cemeteries on Memorial Day since World War II, although they most likely just stayed within Chewelah at that time.
By Kellie Trudeau The Independent Staff
In this photo: Memorial service participants lower the flag at the beginning of the ceremony at Springdale Cemetery. Kellie Trudeau photo