Two Memorial Day services will be held in the Sunnyside area this year.
The first ceremony will be held at the Outlook Cemetery on Gap Road at 9:30 a.m. Memorial Day morning, according to Greg Schlieve of SunnyView VFW Post #3482.
He said the second ceremony will be held at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens on Van Belle Road in Sunnyside at 11 a.m. The ceremony will include the release of about 40 white doves, each representing a Sunnyside veteran who has died within the last year.
"This should be quite spectacular," said Schlieve of the release of the birds, which is scheduled for about 11:15 a.m. during the playing of Taps.
Schlieve said Sunnyside City Manager Bob Stockwell will be the guest speaker at both Memorial Day services. Stockwell, a veteran of the Vietnam War, served with the 1st Calvary Division in Vietnam in 1967 and '68. During his tour in Vietnam Stockwell was wounded and was later awarded the Purple Heart.
"We are honored to have him as our speaker," said Schlieve.
In addition to Stockwell's speeches, Schlieve said there will be wreath laying ceremonies, followed by a 21-gun salute and Taps.
But before the May 30 services are held, members of the Sunnyside VFW, Am-Vets and the American Legion posts will meet to place flags on the graves of each veteran buried at the Sunnyside and Outlook cemeteries. Schlieve said the flags will be placed on the grave sites Saturday, May 28, beginning at 6 a.m.
"We annually place more than 1,300 flags on the graves of our local veterans," said Schlieve.
He encourages families of veterans to contact him at 882-4498 to ensure that all veterans receive an American flag in observance of Memorial Day.
"Local citizens interested in participating in placing the flags on the veterans' graves are welcome to join us," said Schlieve.
"This is a great way to teach our children about patriotism and the meaning of Memorial Day," he said.
Following the flag placements a breakfast will be served at the SunnyView VFW Hall, 615 North Ave. Breakfast is free and is sponsored by the SunnyView VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
All local citizens are reminded to fly the American flag at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day. The flag is to return to full staff for the reminder of the day, Schlieve added.