Memorial Day weekend will kickoff for local veterans this Saturday, May 27, when members of the VFW, Am-Vets and American Legion will place more than 1,300 U.S. flags on the graves of deceased veterans at local cemeteries.
The effort will begin at 6 a.m. and flags are usually distributed by 7 a.m. A breakfast hosted by the VFW Auxiliary will follow at the VFW Post located at 615 North Avenue in Sunnyside.
The public is encouraged to call Greg Shlieve at 509-882-4498 if a veteran's grave marker does not have a flag placed on it Saturday morning.
Memorial Day ceremonies for Monday, May 29, begin at 10 a.m. sharp at the Outlook Cemetery, with American Legion Commander Walter George serving as the main speaker.
The second and main service of the day, according to organizers, is set for 11 a.m. the same morning at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens north of Sunnyside on Van Belle Road.
U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings will be the featured speaker. During the service, the names of all Sunnyside veterans who died during the last 12 months will be read, to be followed by a reading of the names of all men from Sunnyside who were killed in action dating back to World War I.
Afterward, officers of the local veterans' organizations will lay wreaths in honor of the fallen. That will be followed by a 21-gun salute and the playing of Taps.