Three Fayette County communities will hold programs this weekend to honor the men and women who have died in military service to this country, and one will dedicate a new veterans memorial as part of its program.
Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia will hold a Memorial Day program at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday in the Legion Home.
Braxton Denton will serve as the keynote speaker, and other speakers will include Vandalia Chief of Police Larry Eason and Vandalia student Britney Bennett.
Brownstown student Joylynn Strobel will sing the national anthem and FourGiven quartet will perform patriotic and inspirational songs.
Members of Post 95 and the Unit 95 Auxiliary who will participate in the program include Ron Robinson, Brad Brannon, Donna Smith, LaVerle Knebel, Mary Horsthemke, and Wayne and Betty Hathaway.
Vandalia student Alexis Campbell will play Taps at the close of the program.
Post 95 will have its Avenue of Flags display up this Sunday, weather permitting.
Individuals who wish to help putting out the flags should report to the Legion Home at 6 a.m. Breakfast will be served after the flags are put out.
Brownstown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9770 will hold a Memorial Day program at 10 a.m. on Monday in Brownstown Central Park.
Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm, who is chief judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit, will deliver the Memorial Day address. Betty Miller will be a special guest speaker.
Village Trustee Virginia Wilber will serve as master of ceremonies, and Post 9770 Chaplain Tom Fedrigon will deliver the invocation and benediction.
Members of Cub Scout Troop No. 118 will lead the crowd in the pledge of allegiance, and recent Brownstown High School graduate Lauren Feezel will read her essay that won the posts Voice of Democracy competition.
Judy Varga will sing patriotic and inspirational songs.
Instead of holding its annual Memorial Day program at Maplewood Cemetery, St. Elmo American Legion Post 420 will participate in a ceremony that will include the dedication of the communitys new Veterans Memorial.
The program will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday at the memorial, which is located next to the Phillips Building on U.S. Route 40.
Speakers will include Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm, state Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Greenville) and John Goldsmith, executive director of the National Road Association.
Other participants in the program will include the St. Elmo Schools band, Cub Scout Pak No. 444, Patriot Guard Riders, a World War II re-enactment unit, an Illinois Civil Air Patrol Unit and a bagpipe player Cortney Livenston.
At 1:45 p.m., a National Guard C130, a six-engine cargo jet, will make a fly-over at 500 feet.