Blessing of flags Monday at Calvary Cemetery, Arlington

ARLINGTON — Memorial Day services are planned for 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 31, at Calvary Cemetery, which is located about one-quarter mile south of St. Patrick’s Church, 106 Church St.

Featured during this year’s ceremony will be a blessing of flags by Father Ron Enderlin, a senior priest of the diocese from Lacon. Each of the 32 American flags that line the sidewalk from the main entrance to the Calvary monument was purchased by a family member or friends of a veteran buried in the cemetery as part of Operation “Honor a Veteran.”

The planning committee is asking that at least one representative of each honoree be present to step forward when the veteran’s name is called. Those who purchased flags are also asked to attend and serve as an honor guard by standing next to the flag of the veteran they represent.

The guest speaker will be Morgan Wilson of LaSalle, who will address “The Veteran’s Creed: ‘An Honor and a Privilege.'”

Also expected to be present are two World War II veterans, Major James D. Prendergast and Rifleman Harold A Smith. They will be recognized as part of a salute to “The Greatest Generation.”

There is no seating at the cemetery, so those who plan to attend should bring lawn chairs.

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