After a year away due to the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Memorial Day service will again be held this Monday, May 31st.
The service will be held at the Veterans Memorial on the lawn of the Switzerland County Courthouse.
Marshall Havens, commander of the Vevay VFW Post #5396 — which is coordinating the event this year with the help of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 — said that he hopes people will begin assembling at 11 a.m., with the official program getting started at 11:30 a.m.
“We finally got the go-ahead to have it about a week ago,” Commander Havens said. “So we’re excited that we’re going to get to have it.”
There will be a special speaker that morning, along with music. Havens said that he once again hopes to have the dove release that was held when the ceremony was last held in 2019.
Havens said he wants the service to end at noon on Monday — for a very special reason.
“A lot of people don’t understand, but on Memorial Day at dawn you raise the flags to full mast and then lower the flags to half mast to honor the dead,” Havens said. “Then at noon on Memorial Day, flags are raised briskly to honor the living. At noon at the conclusion of our Memorial service, we want to raise those flags back to full mast in order to honor the living veterans.”
Havens also said that the members of the Switzerland County Veterans Council will be recognized during the ceremony for their work on placing the banners along the streets that honor Switzerland County veterans.
“People need to take special notice of those banners as they come into town,” Havens said. “Most of them are veterans who have passed, from World War II and other wars; but there are also still those who are living. I hope that people look at the banners and honor those soldiers.”