Well, that time of year is here again; time to roll out the red carpet for the town’s Memorial Day commemoration. This is a tradition that dates back more than 100 years, believe it or not! You might wonder how I know that since I myself haven’t reached that 100-year milestone; well let’s just say I’ve been doing some research.

Almost 20 years ago (hard to believe) I spent some time talking to Fred Shriner, a longtime resident of the ‘Burg, and he shared his memories of his grandmother, Viola Flyer, being part of the town’s Decoration Day committee. That committee was responsible for making sure the town was in tip-top shape for the upcoming celebration, but more importantly making sure flowers were ready to be placed on the graves of fallen soldiers from the community, making sure the town was decorated, and most importantly, the committee made sure everything for the parade was in order.

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