If you go
What: Volunteers need to place flags on veterans' graves
When: 9 a.m. today
Where: meet at the Civil War memorial, Mountain View Cemetery, 62 11th Ave.
More info: Volunteers should bring a screwdriver
9 a.m. ceremony at Stephen Day Park, 1340 Deerwood Drive
10 a.m. ceremony at Foothills Gardens of Memory, 14241 N. 107th St.
11 a.m. ceremony at Mountain View Cemetery, 620 11th Ave.
Noon, American Legion will return to Legion Post, 315 S. Bowen St., to raise the flag from half-staff to full height.
Longmont veterans' organizations will gather Memorial Day morning on Monday to honor service members who have died.
American Legion Post 32 Commander Tom Daschofsky said that the day's events will start at 9 a.m. at Stephen Day Park with wreath ceremonies and representation from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Sons of the American Legion, the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary. There will also be a 21-gun salute.
Subsequent presentations and ceremonies will continue at 10 a.m. at Foothills Gardens of Memory and at 11 a.m. at Mountain View Cemetery, which is where the main gathering will be.
Ralph Bozella, a member of the American Legion who also serves on the National Veteran Affairs and Rehabilitation Commission, will speak at the 11 a.m. ceremony, Daschofsky said.
There will be a bagpipe salute at Mountain View Cemetery.
At noon, the American Legion honor guard will return to the American Legion hall at 315 S. Bowen St. to lower the flags to half-staff.
Daschofsky said the groups are in need of volunteers to help place American flags on veterans' graves Saturday morning.
People interested in volunteering should show up 9 a.m. Saturday at the Civil War Memorial at Mountain View Cemetery.
"We ask anybody who wants to volunteer to bring a screwdriver because the ground sometimes pretty hard and you need something to use to poke a hole a in it so you can put the flag in," Daschofsky said.
Daschofsky said that remembering veterans on Memorial Day is important because they were part of the brotherhood of the armed services.
"We're a brotherhood and it's about brotherhood. We take care of each other in the military," Daschofsky said. "It's not a one-time in-and-out thing. Once you've been in the service, you're tied to that for the rest of your life. It's something we try to honor all the time, but especially on Memorial Day."
Karen Antonacci: 303-684-5226, firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter.com/ktonacci
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