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Mount Pulaski to hold two Memorial Day services Monday

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[May 21, 2014]  MOUNT PULASKI - The Mount Pulaski community will once again this year hold two Memorial Day services on Monday May 26.

The featured speaker at both the Mount Pulaski and Steenbergen Cemetery Memorial Day Observances will be Miss Madison Haley, Mount Pulaski High School graduating senior, who won the 2013-2014 $30,000 National VFW Voice of Democracy Essay Competition this past year Madison is the first to do this from the Mount Pulaski VFW Post 777, Illinois VFW District 10 and only the third in VFW Department of Illinois since the contest’s inception in 1948.

She received her award at this year’s National VFW Conference in Washington D.C., where she read her highly acclaimed essay on this year’s theme: “Why I'm Optimistic about Our Nation's Future”. In its first year (1948), this National VFW Voice of Democracy championship was shared by four winners, one of whom was Charles Kuralt, who went on to become a long-time award-winning journalist for CBS.

Both observances will also feature the traditional “Present Arms ... Rifle Squad ... Ready ... Aim ... Fire” by the Mount Pulaski American Legion Post 447, Mount Pulaski VFW Post 777, and Mount Pulaski SAL Squadron 447, with firing of three rifle rounds followed by taps blown by long-time bugler, Alan Roos; past Mount Pulaski American Legion Post 447 Commander.

Schedule of events

The first service will be at 10 a.m. at the Mount Pulaski Cemetery All Veterans Memorial.

The second service will be at 11:30 a.m. at the Steenburgen Cemetery.

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Master of Ceremonies – Bob McCue
Invocation by Rev. Mark Weber of the Mount Pulaski Christian Church
Mayors Welcome by Mayor Jim Fuhrer
Raising of the colors and National Anthem played by the Mount Pulaski High School Band
Presentation of wreaths and flowers
Announcement of Girls State selections
Announcement of Boys State selection
Announcement of the American Legion Scholarship winner
Mount Pulaski Student Essay winners speak
Key Note Speaker – Madison Haley
Patriotic music played by the Mount Pulaski High School Band
Benediction by Rev. Mark Weber
American Legion Honor Guard Salute to Fallen Comrades

[Text received, PHIL BERTONI]

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