Memorial Day ceremonies planned in O’Fallon

O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Kimberly Bennett

O’FALLON – There will be two ceremonies held in O’Fallon to commemorate Memorial Day on Monday.

O’Fallon’s Memorial Day programs will be held at 9 a.m. at the City of O’Fallon Cemetery, located on North Oak Street. VFW Post 805 is organizing and sponsoring the program that includes a flag presentation, a speech by Phil Goodwin, and a three-volley rifle salute. In addition to the morning ceremonies, the Sergeant Charles A. Fricke gravesite memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. at the Mount Carmel Cemetery. For further information, please contact VFW Post 805 at (618)624-6575.

Later, the City of O’Fallon will hold its annual Memorial Day Day Program at the O’Fallon Veterans’ Monument, located at 737 East Wesley Drive, O’Fallon.

The guest speaker will be Brigadier General Stacey T. Hawkins, USAF, Director of Logistics, Engineering & Force Protection, HQ AMC. Participants will include the O’Fallon District 90 Fifth Grade Music Program, St Clare School & First Baptist Academy Choruses; OTHS AFJ ROTC; VFW Post 805; Miss O’Fallon Madeleine Henken; Miss Kat Rubish; the USAF Honor Guard Rifle Team, among many others. The names of 16 newly-inscribed veterans will be introduced at this time.

The program will commence at 11:30 a.m. Patriotic music selections will begin at approximately 11:15 a.m. Veterans are encouraged to wear their medals and decorations that day.  Please bring your own lawn chairs and drinks.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at The First Baptist Church of O’Fallon, 1111 East Highway 50, O’Fallon.