ELY – Memorial Day services will be held on Monday, May 25 in a modified format due to the coronavirus pandemic. Representatives of Ely American Legion Post 248 are implementing several changes …
ELY – Memorial Day services will be held on Monday, May 25 in a modified format due to the coronavirus pandemic. Representatives of Ely American Legion Post 248 are implementing several changes for the observance this year out of an abundance of caution over COVID-19.
“There was never any doubt that we would have an observance on this special day,” said Gerald Tyler, commander of Post 248. “We have been monitoring the Governor’s directives during this (COVID-19) situation and we worked out a plan to keep everyone safe. This is an important event for our community and the families of our veterans.”
The ceremony will be held at the Ely Cemetery starting at 10:30 a.m., and all people who attend will have the opportunity to park, remain in their cars, roll down their windows ,and listen to the program broadcast on local radio station WELY, Tyler said.
Steve Saari, vice commander of Ely Post 248 and a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, will deliver the keynote address. Tyler will present opening remarks and the Roll Call of the Departed Comrades.
Bagpiper Joe Linneman will play Amazing Grace while a wreath is placed at the tomb of the unknown soldier. Members of the Ely Area Honor Guard will be at the cemetery to present the colors and for the salute to the honored dead. Ron Forsman will play Taps to close out the program.
Prior to Memorial Day, Honor Guard members will also set up at the grave sites of deceased veterans.