Memorial Day service Monday in Princeton starts at high school

The Princeton American Legion and VFW posts will be putting on a Memorial Day service to honor deceased veterans on Monday, May 26, starting at 10 a.m.
The ceremony will begin in the Princeton High School Performing Arts Center at 10 a.m. for the first segment and, if weather permits, will continue at Oak Knoll Cemetery. If weather does not permit, an abbreviated portion of the second half will be done in the PAC.
The Legion and VFW color guards will begin the ceremony in the PAC with the advancing of the colors. Michele Skeim will then sing “The Star Spangled Banner,” after which Legion Chaplain Bob Trunk will give the invocation. June Kunkel and JoAnne Vork will honor prisoners of war and missing in action.
State Rep. Sondra Erickson, of Princeton, will give the Memorial Day speech. After that Jean Jackson and Pam Schlagel will read the names of deceased veterans. Kristopher Klein, last year’s Legion Boys State attendee from the area, will give Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Next the assembly will sing “America the Beautiful.”
Woodcock-Herbst American Legion Post 216 Commander Jerry Whitcomb will give announcements, including if the ceremony is to be continued to Oak Knoll Cemetery. That part of the ceremony will include the reading of “In Flanders Field,” the playing of taps and the laying of wreathes to commemorate the sacrifices in wars. Weather and conditions permitting, the Memorial Day service will end with the laying of a wreath on the river at Riverside Park. A free lunch will be offered afterward at the VFW club to the public, courtesy of the Legion and VFW posts, Sons of American Legion and Coborn’s.
If the services continue to Oak Knoll Cemetery after the service in the PAC, there will be a shuttle bus, courtesy of Palmer Bus, to take people from the high school to the cemetery and Riverside Park and back to the high school.