‘Living in the Land of the Free because of the Brave’is a sentiment that will echo through services that will be held across the TRIBUNE-Area during the observation of Memorial Day on Monday.
In Cozad, the Memorial Day festivities will be held at Veteran’s Memorial Park at 11 a.m. on Monday.
David A. Cullers, 2nd Class Hull Maintenance Technician will be the featured speaker.
James McCrickard will provide the Invocation and Benediction for the ceremony.
Musical selections will be provided by Ashton Dugan and Amber McCrickard for the event.
The Master of Ceremonies for the service will be Scott Schmidt LTC (R), VFW Post #890.
The Boy Scout Troop #1189 will present the flag and representing VFW Auxiliary Post #890, ReNelda Wenburg will place the wreath.
The Cozad Honor Guard will be assisted by Kolton Morse and Melanie Nutt with the Final Salute.
In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at Cozad High School.
The Cozad Cub Scout Pack #187 will be hosting a hamburger feed after the festivities at Veterans Memorial Park.
Prior to the service in Cozad; the ceremonies will be held in Gothenburg and Lexington. In Gothenburg, the Memorial Day Service will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday at the Gothenburg Cemetery.
Dean Kugler will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
Pastor Jeff Cottingham will deliver the invocation and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
MaKayla Raymond will be singing the National Anthem.
Featured speaker will be Leon Vogel who will share his experiences from the Hero Flight in Washington, D.C.
Following Vogel’s speech, Faye Kniss, representing the Legion Auxiliary and Donna, McConnell, the VFW Auxiliary will lay wreaths on the grave.
Members of the Gothenburg Honor Guard will present the Final Salute and Taps.
In Lexington, the Memorial Day Services will be held at Greenwood Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Monday. In case of inclement weather the ceremony will b e moved to the Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles and will be announced on KRVN Radio.
Featured speakers will be the four veteran’s organization leaders in Lexington including Charlie Nichols, VFW Post #5136 Commander, Steve Zerr, American Legion Post #111 Commander, Susan Nichols, VFW Post #5136 Auxiliary President and Donna Hatfield, American Legion Unit #111 Auxiliary President.
Lexington High School band students Damian Salinas and Tessa Eldridge will perform the National Anthem and Taps.
Members of the Lexington Honor Guard will present the Final Salute.