Memorial Day tradition nixed due to COVID-19
The traditional Memorial Day service at the Blanchard Cemetery has been cancelled due to the limits on group size and social distancing. However , Volunteers from the American Legion , VFW, and Blanchard Veterans Honor Guard, will be performing a Military type service at the area cemeteries. The services will include the lowering of the flag to half-staff, placing a memorial wreath, Chaplains Prayer, Weapons salute and taps. The service at the Blanchard cemetery will take place at 9 a.m. followed by the Newcastle Cemetery at 10:45 a.m. Ceremonies at the Dibble Cemetery wills start at 1 p.m. We plan to record each ceremony and post on Facebook. In the late afternoon, area residents are invited to join in a patriotic car cruise honoring the Veterans of all military services , who have passed on. The procession will start at the Legacy Bank, proceed down main with a U-turn at Second St. then north to Hwy. 76 where we will proceed to the Blanchard Cemetery. The procession will turn right at the cemeteries main Flag pole, pass by the grave of Medal of Honor Recipient Tony Burris, then around the perimeter road to leave by the north exit. The cruise will end at this point. Some cars may want to continue to the Newcastle Cemetery also. The cruise will start at 3 p.m. Everyone is invited to participate in this car cruise. Join in on the fun, fly your flag, and let’s show our appreciation for those who made this country great.