O’FALLON – The O’Fallon Woman’s Club partnered with members of Girl Scout Troops from Moye Elementary and Shiloh Schools to honor the life and service of Private Alva Neely at their monthly flag ceremony.
Originally from Cainsville, Missouri, near the Iowa border, Alva Neely came to the O’Fallon area to work at the Taylor mine. While working here he boarded with Mrs. Wilhite at Carbon, now present day western O’Fallon. He was drafted into service during World War I on September 23, 1917. After serving several months of training at Camp Taylor, he embarked for overseas duty. He was killed in action in France in October 1918. He was 24 years old.
Following the reading of Neely’s biography by Emily Scott, Kat Rubish sang the National Anthem. Girl Scout Troops with members present included Troops 164, 360, 367, 641, 742, and 1123. The Girl Scouts were coordinated by Katrina Bergman.
The next flag ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 3, in Downtown O’Fallon.