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Still a time of honor

Due to COVID-19, services were canceled at West Township Moultrie Chapel for Memorial Day. Several activities paid honor to this important day in spite of no program. The West Township Memorial Association placed almost 300 flags on the five cemeteries in West Township. The Don V Cross American Legion Post 357 came Saturday morning and presented firing squad and Taps. On Memorial Day, Isaiah Conway, fifth grader from United Local, recited from memory with perfection Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in front of his family and friends. Katie Reusser played Taps. The committee placed floral arrangements on the monument dedicated to all veterans who lost their lives and on the World War II monument. The West Township had the grounds groomed beautifully, and the chapel and cemetery were open for silent reflection while practicing safe distance. Above, Shirley Whiteleather Fox, president of the West Township Memorial Association and one of the organizers of the Memorial Day celebration every year, shows Isaiah Conway the 13 markers from the United States conflicts that mark veterans graves throughout the cemetery. (Salem News photo by Patti Schaeffer)

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