Bullard said the memorial honors every known deceased veteran from the community, some dating back to the Civil War.
Bullard said in case of rain, the service will be moved to the Bluford Grade School.
Former Mt. Vernon mayor and retired Illinois Army National Guard recruiter David Keen will be the featured speaker at services at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 25, at Knob Prairie Cemetery in Waltonville. The services are co-hosted by Waltonville VFW Post 9153 and AMVETS Post 148.
This will be the 16th annual observance, according to Joe Norris, after an absence of the service for several years.
“We done it years and years ago, kind of like a family picnic thing,” Norris said. “We started it back up around the time of the village’s centennial celebration in 1992.”
Nathan Kabat will play the national anthem on a violin and the Rev. Tim Reynolds of the Waltonville Community Church will provide the opening prayer and benediction.
The service will be held at the cemetery, rain or shine, Norris said.
Memorial Day services at Woodlawn will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 26.
Monument President Troy Poorman, who recently returned from a military mission in the Domincan Republic, will be the featured speaker.
Poorman said prayers will be offered, the national anthem will be sung and military personnel and veterans will be recognized.