Friends of Decatur Cemetery hosting Veterans Day ceremony this Sunday

Posted by Ellie Ritter November 9, 2018

A veteran struggles to stand during a Veterans Day ceremony at the Decatur Cemetery on Nov. 11, 2014 – File Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

With this year marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the Friends of the Decatur Cemetery (FODC) volunteer group will host a Veterans Day Ceremony of Remembrance this Sunday.

Veterans Day itself occurs on Sunday, with the federal holiday taking place Monday, Nov. 12. This year’s date coincides with the Armistice, which ended WWI on Nov. 11, 1918.

The event “provides an opportunity to honor all men and women who have served their countries in both war and peacetime and have earned their final rest in Decatur Cemetery,” the newsletter said.

The traditional event, hosted by FODC as well as the Harold Byrd American Legion Post No. 67, will take place Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial in the Decatur Cemetery, just inside the Bell Street entrance. The address is 229 Bell Street.

Additionally, on Saturday, Nov. 10, FODC is inviting volunteers to meet at the cemetery office at 9 a.m. to place flags on the graves of nearly 1,000 veterans buried in the 58-acre cemetery, from all wars beginning with the American Revolution of 1776. The flags will remain in place through Saturday, Nov. 17.

To volunteer to either place or help remove the flags and clean for storage, contact Amy Weaver: at  amy@b2creativeinc.com.

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