Memorial Day services announced

Published 10:11 pm Friday, May 25, 2018

Memorial Day weekend will include local remembrance services for fallen soldiers in both LaGrange and Hogansville. The West Georgia Veterans Council will hold a service at Restlawn Memory Gardens in LaGrange at 11 a.m.

Organizer Bernard Bledsoe said they have held the service for decades.

“LaGrange has been very fortunate and all of the veteran’s organizations work together whenever we’re doing a community event,” Bledsoe said. “Instead of having different services, we just have one.”

The service will include remarks from Troup High School Junior ROTC instructor David Frisk. He is a retired major from the U.S. Air Force.

The event will continue rain or shine, Bledsoe said. In case of rain, Striffler-Hamby Mortuary is putting up tents at Restlawn.

“Veterans work whether it’s raining or shining, and the people on active duty work whether it’s raining or shining, and we try to recognize them whether it’s raining or shining,” Bledsoe said.

The council will also be placing 1,000 flags on veteran’s graves Sunday at Shadowlawn Cemetery at 1 p.m. They will re-collect the flags  starting Tuesday at 9 a.m. and the public is encouraged to participate.

In Hogansville, the service for Memorial Day will be held at 11 a.m. at Calvin Hipp Memorial Park.

In case of rain, the service will move to Ebenezer Presbyterian Church on East Main Street.

Retired U.S. Marine Johnny Griggs will be the event’s speaker, and the city will unveil its Purple Heart City status, according to Hogansville City Council Member George Bailey.