Host of Memorial Day Activities in Area


Published on May 25 2012 3:21 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

You'll have several opportunities this weekend to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country on this Memorial Day weekend.

A memorial service is scheduled Saturday at 8:30am at Watson Cemetery as part of the Watson Area Homecoming celebration.

Other observances are planned on Sunday.  A service at St. Francis Cemetery in Teutopolis will begin at 9:30am, while the service at Mason Cemetery will begin at 1pm.

A host of observances are scheduled on Monday.

Memorial services at St. Anthony Cemetery will begin at 9am, at Oakridge Cemetery at 10am and right after those services at Woodlawn Cemetery.  A lunch will be served at noon at the Effingham American Legion in downtown Effingham for those who attended any of the Effingham services.

The Dieterich Community Memorial Day Commemoration is set for 10am Monday at the Veterans Memorial.  Diane Aherin will serve as emcee, and former Effingham Unit 40 Assistant Superintendent Debbie Owen will serve as guest speaker.  Owen, the wife of retiring Dieterich Superintendent Bruce Owen, accompanied her father on a World War II Honor Flight to Washington.  There will also be vocal and instrumental music.

The Altamont Memorial Day Parade will step off at 10am Monday.  Lineup and registration will be at 9am in the Altamont Community High School parking lot.  From there, the parade will travel west on Division Street to Main Street and head north to Union Cemetery.  For more information, contact Tom Denton, Kent Stuckey, Jeff Simpson, Kendall Balding or another Altamont Masonic member.

Local trumpet player Glen "Lip" Lewis will be playing thoughout the area.  He'll be a part of ceremonies at the cemeteries in Watson on Saturday, Mason on Sunday and Edgewood on Monday.  This is his 30th year playing "Taps" for various ceremonies.

A reminder of Monday's performance of "A Soldier Remembers: A Tribute to Our Military" at the Effingham Performance Center.  The fourth annual show honors our veterans and current military personnel in a multi-media production, and features a 70-member cast.  General admission tickets are available at the EPC for $8 for veterans, military and children under 12, and $14 for adults.

Also, a reminder of the Central Illinois Honor Flight Memorial Day fundraiser, set for 10am to 6pm Monday at the Effingham Knights of Columbus Building.  The menu will feature boneless pork chops and fried chicken, along with baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, roll, hot dogs, chips, dessert, lemonade and tea.  Meals are $8 for adults, $5 for those 12 and younger and free for World War II veterans.  There will be transportation between the K of C Building and the EPC for those who wish to eat and then watch the show, or vice versa.