Drury Reynolds Memorial Day Service Committee Announces Plans for 2015 Event

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The 114th Annual Drury-Reynolds Memorial Day Service, themed “Honoring Our Vietnam Veterans” will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 24th, 2015, at the Drury-Reynolds Cemetery. This year, the service will be preceded by a Community Potluck at 12:30 p.m. Drury-Reynolds Cemetery is located in Drury Township of lower Rock Island County, approximately 4 miles from Muscatine, just off of the New Boston Blacktop, on 316th St W.

At 12:30 p.m., the community is invited to attend a Potluck Dinner. Tent, tables, chairs, and tea/lemonade are provided. Please bring table service and a dish or two to pass if you will attend. If you know you will be coming to the Community Potluck, please RSVP to Julie Wagner with number attending and what items you will bring. Contact her through email (illinifans@frontiernet.net), phone/text (309-791-1306), or message her on facebook (Julie Hessman Wagner).

The Memorial Day Service begins at 1:30 p.m. This year, we will be doing a tribute to the veterans of Vietnam. Our guest speaker will be Bill Albracht, a former Army Special Forces Green Beret, who has received three Silver Stars, three Purple Hearts, and five Bronze Stars. After his time in service, Mr. Albracht spent 25 years in the Secret Service.

All veterans attending will be invited to participate in the Veterans’ March and Placing of the Wreath.

The 21-gun salute will be performed by the VFW Post No. 1565 Honor Guard from Muscatine. Taps will be played by Janet Clark. Vocalist will be Cara Svoboda and drums will be played by Aubrey Frieden.

Attendees will be able to place poppies on the graves of veterans.

Please remember to bring a lawn chair. The service will be held rain or shine, though a tent is provided for shade and protection from the weather. For more information, please call Diane Hessman at (309) 537-3657, Julie Wagner at (309) 791-1306, or Laurie Carpenter at (309) 537-3231.

Please visit the event’s facebook page for more information and updates. It is “Drury Reynolds Cemetery Memorial Day Service” at https://www.facebook.com/druryreynoldsmemdayservice.