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Memorial events planned in Clearfield

CLEARFIELD – Below are the events for Memorial weekend in Clearfield.

• Friday morning, May 24 – For National Poppy Day, the ladies of Woodside Post 97 of the American Legion Auxiliary will distribute poppies around town. A donation helps to support local veterans’ programs. The poppy became a worldwide symbol of the sacrifices of all allied troops during WWI; it has gone on to symbolize the sacrifices of all service members from all wars. The poppies distributed by the auxiliary members are made by, and help support, disabled veterans.

• 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25 – Avenue of Flags and decorating veteran’s graves at Clearfield Cemetery. This is quite a task, and as always, the public’s help is greatly appreciated and needed. This is an excellent opportunity to teach the younger generation why Memorial Day is commemorated and to spend quality time with your children/grandchildren. In the event of rain, participants will proceed as soon as the rain stops.

• from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday – Clearfield Museum will be open before the alumni banquet. A place to meet or just stop by, the museum can be open after the banquet, just contact one of the museum volunteers (info on the museum door). The museum has the class pictures and trophies from the school along with many annuals, some dating back to the late 1930s. There are many other items from veterans, churches, businesses and family life through the years.

• 6 p.m. Saturday – The Alumni Banquet will be held at the Methodist Church. Make reservations by contacting Linda Bell or Markeeta Baker.

• 10 a.m. Monday, May 27 – Memorial Day program at Lion’s Hall with the Rev. Al Rusk speaking. Following the program, a short ceremony conducted by Rusk and members of Clearfield’s Woodside Post 97 of the American Legion at Clearfield Cemetery. This year Ransford Baker, Civil War veteran, will be honored (as always, barring the burial of a veteran before Memorial Day).   

• 2 p.m. Monday – removal of veterans’ grave decorations and taking down the Avenue of Flags. Again, the public’s help is greatly appreciated and needed. In the event of rain, flags and crosses will be removed from veterans’ graves when the rain stops; Avenue of Flags will stay up until all flags are dry.

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