Memorial Day Program, 1922

From the May 25, 1922 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri):

Memorial Day Program Has Been Arranged.

Will Decorate Burr Oak, Smith and Groves Cemeteries in Forenoon — Service Here in Afternoon.

The G. A. R., American Legion, the Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen have almost completed the arrangements for the Memorial Day services to be held next Tuesday.

The following committees have been appointed to clean off and decorate the graves in the Burr Oak, Smith and Groves cemeteries during the forenoon of Memorial Day and report to Commander Chas. McDaniel:

Burr Oak — Ralph Wright, Fred Botkin, Reubin Barrett.

Smith — Reubin Barrett, Edd Clark, J. O. Miller.

Groves — Harry Worl, Leland Linville, Wm. Smock.

These committees will be glad if persons knowing of graves in these cemeteries which should be decorated, will report them, giving the names of persons buried there and location of graves.  Those knowing of such graves should not hesitate to report them, as it is very necessary that none be missed.  No harm will be done if the committee already knows of the grave.

At 1:30 p.m., the various organizations will meet at their respective halls and make all necessary preparations, so that all may be at the bandstand promptly at 2 o’clock, ready to march in a body to the Christian church.  The children of this Sunday School district will lead the procession, and will be followed in turn by the G. A. R. American Legion and the fraternal orders.  At the church road, the children will halt, open ranks, and allow the entire column to pass into the church before them.  On leaving the church, the column will be re-formed in the same order.

The following service will be held at the church:

Music — Orchestra

Song, “America” — Congregation

Prayer — Rev. Trotter

Song — Special Selection

Address — Garland Wilson

Song, “Star Spangled Banner” — Congregation.

Following the service at the church, the procession will again be formed, and will march to the cemetery where each of the other organizations will decorate the graves of their dead, after which all will reassemble near the grave of John Ray Kuntzman, and the Legion will take charge and carry out the prescribed ceremony.

Chas. McDaniel, commander of James Harvey Hughes Post, will be master of ceremonies, and as many ex-service men as possible are asked to attend in uniform and take part in the exercises.