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Remembering veterans lost

Memorial Day services in the area this weekend

POLK COUNTY—Memorial Day services will be held in Columbus and Saluda over the weekend to remember those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice. 

Memorial Day is Monday and area veterans started Friday by putting out flags at the Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery. 

At 10 a.m. on Monday, a Memorial Day service will be held at the Polk Memorial Garden Cemetery in Columbus. 

A service will also be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Veterans Park in downtown Saluda. 

All area city and town halls will be closed on Monday. 

Columbus’ service will be conducted by members of the Polk County Memorial Post 9116 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Auxiliary, McFarland’s Funeral Chapel and the Polk County Memorial Honor Guard. 

The guest speaker in Columbus will be Scott Weichl, Chaplain of the Polk County Memorial Honor Guard. 

VFW officers and the Honor Guard will lay a wreath of flowers whose colors have special meanings for Memorial Day. A presentation of an American flag, a 3-round volley gun salute and the playing of Taps will also be done during the memorial service. 

“Please join us and help fulfill a commitment to remember and honor those men and women who gave their lives so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have today,” said House of Flags Museum Curator Robert Williamson.