Memorial Day ceremonies may look a bit different and be shorter this year due to Covid-19 concerns.
The message, however, is the same.
“We want to remember and honor all veterans who have passed on before us,” said Jim Shubert, commander of St. Maries American Legion Post 25.
Mr. Shubert said ceremonies will be shorter this year and those who attend should practice social distancing guidelines.
The first order of business will be to place flags at Woodlawn Cemetery on the graves of veterans. Members of the American Legion, Ladies of Auxiliary Unit 25 and members of the community are asked to take part.
“Because the fifth grade students will not be participating this year, we are asking members of the public to participate,” Mr. Shubert said.
Members of the community can join others at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, May 21. Meet at the cemetery shop.
The Memorial Day service in St. Maries will be conducted Sunday, May 24. The ceremony will start at 1 p.m. at the Benewah County Veterans Memorial at Woodlawn Cemetary.
Chaplain Dean Johnson will say the prayer and the Ladies of Auxiliary Unit 25 will place a wreath honoring the veterans lost in all wars. That will be followed by a reading of the names of veterans who have passed on since Memorial Day 2019. The day’s ceremony will conclude with a salute by the firing squad and taps.
Mr. Shubert said veterans who wish to participate in the ceremony should meet at the Elks Lodge ahead of the time at noon.
The American Legion Post #69 in Plummer and American Legion Post #5 will also alter their schedule of services.
Ceremonies will be conducted at the Plummer War Memorial near city hall at 9 a.m. and then at the Coeur d’Alene Tribal War Memorial at 10 a.m. Ceremonies will include remarks by the post commander, prayer, three volleys and taps sounded.
It is important to note there will not be services at Evergreen, DeSmet, Sanders, St. Michaels or Worley cemeteries. Flags will be placed by the American Legion and family members on all the graves. Again, social distancing precautions are encouraged.