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Lower Yakima Valley's Memorial Day services this coming weekend open to all local residents

The Lower Valley will be honoring veterans over Memorial Day weekend in a number of ceremonies, and veterans organizations are asking the public to participate in the events to be held Saturday and Monday.

In Sunnyside, the tribute to military veterans will start on Saturday, May 26, at 6 a.m. at the Sunnyside Cemetery on Van Belle Road. Volunteers are needed to help with the placing of flags on the graves of veterans. After placing flags, volunteers will be served a free breakfast by the Sunnyside VFW Ladies Auxiliary at the VFW Hall at 615 North Ave.

In Grandview, the American Legion also asks that those who are able trek to the Grandview Cemetery at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 26, to place flags.

"If there are enough people, it will only take an hour to complete," said Jim Davidson of the American Legion. "We are anticipating a shortage of help this year since a number of regular participants have advised us they will be absent."

Davidson also is asking for families of veterans who passed on in the last year to help the American Legion locate graves to assure they are marked with a flag.

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, ceremonies in Grandview will start at 11 a.m. at the Grandview Cemetery and be conducted by the Grandview Posts of The American Legion, the VFW and the Amvets.

In Outlook, a memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the Outlook Cemetery. At 11 a.m. a memorial service will be held at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens on Van Belle Road in Sunnyside.

Memorial services will include the laying of wreaths by each participating veteran organization and the reading of the names of veterans who have passed on in the last year.

In Sunnyside, 15th District Rep. Bruce Chandler will give a speech followed by a 21-gun salute and the playing of taps.

A lunch will be served after the Sunnyside ceremony by the VFW Post 3482 Ladies Auxiliary.

Memorial Day evening at 6 p.m. volunteers will meet at the Sunnyside Cemetery to retrieve the flags. All veterans, families and friends are invited to participate.

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