Area communities set Monday events
• COTTONWOOD – The VFW is dedicating the U.S., Idaho State, and POW/MIA flags at the Cottonwood City Center pole Memorial Day, Monday. May 30, 9 a.m. The flags were donated by the family of Vince Poxleitner. He was a VFW Post 4902 Lifetime Achievement award winner, who died last year.
• ELK CITY — Memorial Day Services will be held at the bridge in Elk City Sunday, May 29, 1 p.m.
• FERDINAND — The combined American Legion and VFW honor guard will conduct memorial ceremonies at the Ferdinand community cemetery at 10 a.m., May 30.
• KAMIAH — VFW Post 5407 and American Legion Post 75 will host Memorial Day services on May 30 at the Kamiah Cemetery followed at the Kamiah Highway 12 Bridge at 9:30 a.m. They will be also be at No Kid Lane Cemetery at 11:30 a.m., and at the First Indian Presbyterian Cemetery on Highway 12.
• KOOSKIA – VFW Post 5407 and American Legion Post 75 will host Memorial Day services May 30 in Kooskia on the Highway 13 bridge at 10:30 a.m.
• KEUTERVILLE – The combined American Legion and VFW honor guard will conduct memorial services at the Keuterville community cemetery May 30, at 11 a.m. Following the honor guard ceremonies, at noon, join the Camas Prairie Quilters, and the honor guard members, at the Keuterville Pub & Grub for presentations, hosted by Linda and Dewey Elliot.
• RIGGINS — Services will be held Monday May 30, 10 a.m. MST, in the Riggins Cemetery with Pastor Cliff Scheline as speaker. The American Legion No. 130 will present the colors and give a 21 gun salute as well as play Taps. The ladies of the American Legion Auxiliary will place a wreath on the grave of the Unknown Soldier. The Ace Barton Memorial Bench has been installed as well.
• WHITE BIRD – The American Legion from Riggins will travel to White Bird May 30, for its service at 11 a.m. PST, then a stop at the John Day Cemetery on their way home for its last ceremony of the day. The public is invited.
GRANGEVILLE Memorial Day services and activities are scheduled for Grangeville for this Monday, May 30.
A tribute to fallen heroes is set for Prairie View Cemetery at the Veterans Memorial, 9 a.m. Crea-DeHaven Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3520 will present the tribute and read General Order No. 11 from the Civil War requesting honor of veterans by laying flowers on the graves of veterans.
A Presentation of Wreaths by Grangeville American Legion Post 37; Grangeville American Legion Auxiliary Unit 37; 40 & 8 Voiture 906 and Le Femmes Cabane 906, will also take place. An Honor Guard presentation will be by American Legion Post 37 and Legionnaire Jerry Scholten will play the bagpipes.
The public is invited. No seating is available.
A community memorial service is set for 11 a.m. at Grangeville High School gym. Seating available and the public is invited.
Master of ceremonies will be Jinny Cash, American Legion 2nd District Commander. Guest speaker is John Nida, 2015-2016 commander of Grangeville American Legion Post 37
Nida recently completed a year of service as the Commander of Grangeville American Legion Post 37. He has been an active member of the Honor Guard and other American Legion programs for five years. He is currently serving the 2nd District of the American Legion as a vice commander.
Nida is a 20-year veteran of the Idaho National Guard and is a former commander of the 116th HHC in Lewiston, he retired at the rank of captain with numerous awards. He spent a year in Afghanistan training local police officers. He served in law enforcement for 30 years and is a former chief deputy for the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office. He also spent 11 years on the Cottonwood school board. He and his wife, Tara, reside in Cottonwood. He has three children: Joseph currently serving in the United States Air Force; James, a former Marine; and Katherine who is a student Idaho State University.
For questions call Katrina Bentley, 827-2476.