Published On: Thu, May 25th, 2017

Randolph veterans will be honored in Memorial Day program

RANDOLPH — Plans are currently being put in place for Memorial Day celebration in Randolph.
Memorial Day is a federal holiday set aside as a time for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868.
American flags will be on display throughout the downtown area and at other locations in Randolph during the Memorial Day weekend.
Former VFW State Commander, Sam DeJohn, Omaha, will be the speaker at the Memorial Day program at the Randolph Junior-Senior High School.
The program will begin at 10 a.m., Monday, May 29.
Randolph students who are the top three Voice of Democracy winners will also be giving their speeches.
Everyone is welcome at the program, said Jerry Wiese, Commander of the Alvin Kessler Post 5545 VFW.
Visits will then be made to three area cemeteries where flags will be raised in honor of the country’s battle heroes.
Following the program at school, VFW members, family members and others in the community will visit the Randolph City Cemetery, St. Frances Cemetery and the Rose Hill Cemetery.
At each cemetery, the names of the veterans will be read, along with the name of the war in which they served. Small American flags will mark the graves of each veteran.
Local Scout members will lay a bouquet of flowers at the main monument or the flag pole at each of the three cemeteries.