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Trio of local services to mark Memorial Day

Three separate Memorial Day services will be put on through the Escalon American Legion Gustafson-Thompson Post 263 on Monday, May 27.

Post members will first be at Burwood Cemetery on River Road for a 10 a.m. service, the largest of the three during the day. The ceremony there typically includes a welcome, a remembrance of Post members lost during the year, a guest speaker, the laying of a memorial wreath, flag raising and lowering and a 21-gun salute.

From Burwood, the Legion members move on to St. John’s Cemetery, adjacent to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at the corner of Highway 120 and Carrolton Road, for an 11 a.m. service.

The day concludes with a noon service at Farmington Cemetery along Escalon-Bellota Road.

This past weekend, Legion members put up American flags all along Main Street in Escalon for the observance of Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 18.

They will do the same beginning at 7 a.m. on Memorial Day and the graves of veterans buried at Burwood Cemetery are also marked with small flags ahead of the Monday, May 27 ceremony.

The observance of Memorial Day also brings some closures; city offices, schools, federal and state government offices are closed. Businesses have the option of closing and there is no mail delivery that day.