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JMG students place flags at Houlton cemetery

HOULTON, Maine — Students from the Houlton High School JMG program were at Evergreen Cemetery Thursday morning helping place flags in preparation for Monday’s Memorial Day festivities.

Brittany Fitzpatrick, a student in the JMG program at Houlton Middle-High School, places a flag on a veteran’s grave site Thursday morning at Evergreen Cemetery in Houlton.
(Joseph Cyr)

The students, under the guidance of instructor Dee Butler, placed flags on the gravemarkers for local veterans in the section of the cemetery known as Soldiers’ Hill.

The Chester L. Briggs Post 47 of the American Legion in Houlton will host several events in honor of Memorial Day. Starting at 9 a.m., veterans will gather at Soldiers’ Hill with welcoming remarks, a flag raising, opening prayer, laying of wreaths and 21-gun salute with taps.

At 10 a.m., participants will gather at the TD Bank parking lot on North Street, before marching to the bridge, where a wreath ceremony will be held to honor all servicemen and women lost at sea.

The parade then will continue to Monument Park, located on Broadway, for a service at 11 a.m. This year’s service will include musical selections from the Houlton High School band and chorus groups.

Making sure everything is ready for Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony are Scott Brewer, right, vice commander of District 16 and service officer for American Legion Post No. 47, and Charles Griffith, junior commandant for the Marine Corps League No. 1368.
(Joseph Cyr)

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