by Madge Wylie
The day set aside to honor the fallen servicemen of all the branches of military service and all the wars in American history falls on the last Monday in May each year.
Early on the morning of May 27, the Brent Zeyer family will place 36 American flags on poles around the rim of the cemetery. Their son, Aaron, created this as an Eagle Scout project about 16 or 17 years ago and his family has kept it going.
At 10:30 a.m. members of the cemetery board and the Melba American Legion Post will gather at the flag platform to present a program.
The American flag will be raised by the American Legion.
Members of a Scout Troop will raise the flags of the various military branches while their theme songs are being played.
Bob Miller will be master of ceremonies and Pastor Sam Knowland will give the opening and closing prayers.
The newly-elected Melba High School student body president, Kezia Daulton, will be the speaker and she will talk about the Sesquicentennial of the State of Idaho.
Con Zeyer, Chairman of the Melba Cemetery Board will lay a wreath on a special platform designated for that purpose.
The American Legion will present a 21-gun salute and play taps.
During the program the names of all those buried in the cemetery in the last year will be read.
There will be seating arranged for anyone or you may choose to bring your own lawn chair to view the program.
On Friday, May 24 crosses and flags will be placed on the graves of the veterans of the military and women of the American Legion Auxiliary. This has been an Auxiliary project for the past 30 or 40 years. In the past, also, the school or other groups have helped with this project. This year Greg Hetzel is in charge. Everyone is welcome.