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Sheridan Hosts Memorial Day Service In Honor Of Soldiers

The VFW Post 6390 and the Color Guard and Rifle Squad of Forestville American Legion Post 953.
One section of the Sheridan Cemetery, graves decorated with the appropriate flags and badges to honor the fallen.
Supervisor John Walker speaks to the small gathering at the Sheridan Cemetery.
Rebecca Schafer reads the Honor Roll of the deceased Sheridan veterans.

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Town Board held a Memorial Day service to honor soldiers who gave their lives in war. The service was abbreviated this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“This year is the 152 anniversary of Memorial Day,” said Walker. “It was on May 5, 1868 that General John Alexander Logan issued the now famous order that May 30 of that year be set aside decorating the graves of our comrades who had died in defense of our nation in the Civil War.”

There were a few different speakers at the service, including a prayer, reading of the Gettysburg Address, a poem, and the reading of the honor roll of deceased Sheridan veterans. The VFW Post 6390 and the Color Guard and Rifle Squad of Forestville American Legion Post 953 saluted the fallen with three rounds fired and Taps played.

The board hopes next year they will be able to return to their normal extended service as they usually do from year to year.

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