The observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 30, will actually begin the day before in Canadian. At 1:30 on Sunday afternoon, volunteers will place flags on the graves of every veteran at Edith Ford Memorial Cemetery. All are invited to assist in this project, which includes all cemeteries throughout Hemphill County.
The formal Memorial Day ceremony begins on Monday morning at approximately 10:30, with a pre-recorded reading of veterans’ names. Canadian’s tradition is to read the almost 600 names of all deceased veterans from, buried in, or connected with Hemphill County. At 11 am, the Honor Guard takes its position; a brief explanation of the ceremony is given; a prayer is offered; the national anthem is played; a wreath is placed in honor of all deceased veterans; three rifle volleys are fired; “Taps” is played; and the Honor Guard retires. The pre-recorded reading of the names is then resumed.
For more information, contact Charles Kessie at 806.217.1211.