Area residents are invited to attend a Memorial Day service on Monday, May 27, at 10 a.m. at the Choteau High School auditorium. The American Legion and Legion Auxiliary organize this annual event.
The service will be called to order by bugler and veteran Dave Hartman, and then the Choteau Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will present the American and Montana flags.
CHS student Emma Gunderson, accompanied by pianist Lorran Depner, will sing the national anthem. Pastor Zach Bechtold of the Choteau United Methodist Church will give the Memorial Day address. The program will also include a Memorial Day prayer, reading of the names of the veteran dead and placing of poppies on the memorial wreath. The honor guard will give a salute to the dead and Taps will be played.
The Choteau American Legion and Auxiliary are also inviting community members to help put out flags on veterans’ graves on May 24, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Choteau Cemetery. The flags will be collected on May 27 at 6 p.m.
Also on Monday, Trinity Lutheran Church lay member Barbara Arensmeyer will conduct a Memorial Day service at 2 p.m. at the Farmington Cemetery.
In Dutton, the American Legion Freeborn Post 64 and Auxiliary are holding a Memorial Day service on Monday at 11 a.m. at the Dutton Cemetery. There will be a guest speaker, a performance of Taps and an honor squad salute to the Legion dead.
Following the program at the cemetery, the American Legion and Auxiliary will host a community potluck at the Legion Hall. The Legion will provide hamburgers and community members are asked to bring salads and desserts.
The Dutton American Legion will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the organization this year. Delegates from combat and service units of the American Expeditionary Force founded the American Legion organization in Paris March 15-17, 1919, by. The U.S. Congress granted the organization a national charter on Sept. 16, 1919.
A cake commemorating this occasion will be served along with the barbecue.
The Fairﬁeld Memorial Day program will be held at 11 a.m. in the Fairﬁeld Community Hall followed by a simulated graveside service in the park. The American Legion Post 80 and Avory Dehnert Post 4109 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars are sponsoring the program.
Tom Van Setten, commander of post 4109, will issue the Call to Colors and Elaine McOmber will play the processional and the recessional. The Fairﬁeld Community Choir under the direction of Fauneil Purcell and accompanied by McOmber, will perform an Armed Forces medley to recognize the various branches of military service and will also perform “God Bless America.”
Laurence Vincent will provide the invocation and VFW Post Quartermaster Gary Kasper will welcome those attending. Fairﬁeld United Church of Christ Pastor Phil Maxwell will give the Memorial Day address.
After the program a barbecue will be held at the VFW will be held with burgers, hot dogs and salads to be served. The public is invited to attend.
A Memorial Day service will be held at the Augusta Cemetery at 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend the ceremony.
All government offices, most public schools and some private businesses will be closed on May 27, in observance of the holiday.
The Teton County Veteran Memorial Committee is still selling engraved tiles of black granite for $200 each to help finance the memorial in the Fairfield Town Park. Tiles are four inches by 12 inches in size and can be engraved with the name of each veteran and his or her branch of service in a gray highlight.
Tile forms are available from the Servicemen’s Club, 414 Central Ave., in Fairfield or from Hausmann Studio, 406-467-3432.