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The annual Memorial Day Program, hosted by Creighton’s American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts and their auxiliaries, will take place at the Creighton High School gym Monday, May 27.

The program will begin at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Jeremy Hans of Creighton as the keynote speaker.

A wreath-laying ceremony will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, weather permitting.

“In Flanders Fields the poppies blow; between the crosses row on row...We shall not sleep, though poppies grow in Flanders fields,”  reads a poem written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, a surgeon in the Canadian Army, in December 1915, after a World War I battle.

Creighton’s “Flander field” of crosses and Avenue of Flags will go up next Thursday at Greenwood and St. Ludger cemeteries in Creighton. White crosses, placed below each flagpole, bear a Creighton-area deceased veteran’s name and branch of service. The crosses will sit along the cemetery’s west fence preserving the memory of veterans whose frayed flags can no longer be flown.

Those frayed flags are currently stored by Creighton American Legion officials. Anyone who would like to claim their veteran’s flag may contact Stan Shelton.

Shelton also has information available for anyone with interest in replacing one of those frayed flags with one that can be flown in the Avenue of Flags. He can be reached at 402-358-3452.

Volunteers are needed to set up the “Avenue” for the Memorial Day holiday. Help is needed Thursday, May 23, at 6 p.m. to place flags at the cemeteries. Assistance is also requested to take the flags down Tuesday, May 28, at 6 p.m., with a rain date of Wednesday, May 29. Questions may be directed to Melvin Blair.