ALTON — The 11th annual Memorial Day Sunset Ceremony will be Monday, May 30, at Alton National Cemetery, 600 Pearl St.
Set to begin at 6:30 p.m., music will be provided by Jack and Myra Hughey. Claire Hardin, a Marquette Catholic High School student, will sing the national anthem. Vietnam veteran Dannie Holliday will serve as the program’s featured speaker.
Alton High School’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets will present colors and provide a special Table Top, Missing Man Ceremony. Peiton Galbraith, a sixth-grader from Alton Middle School, will lead attendees in the pledge of allegiance. “Echo Taps” will be presented in a chilling manner with the musical notes floating down a hillside at the cemetery. Chris Jarden and Charles Prager will play horns.
Alton Pipes and Drum, composed of Alton firefighters Dan Whiteside and Donnie Holliday, plus Alton High Student Marissa Whiteside, will perform. Chaplain Marc Lane will lead the prayers. A national cemetery administrator will be on hand as well as Mayor Brant Walker. A percussion assembly will be provided by AHS students Andrew Schmalbeck and Cameron Riley. Vietnam veteran and poet Richard Baird, organizer and Alton Middle School co-teacher, will serve as master of ceremonies.
Some seating will be provided, but everyone is encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain or shine, the program will occur. For information, contact Richard Baird at (618) 401-4017 and leave a message.