A stirring Memorial Day service at the Du Quoin VFW Post

  • Volunteers Maxton Griffith and Jackie Morgan place flags on graves Friday at Sunset Memorial Park.

    Volunteers Maxton Griffith and Jackie Morgan place flags on graves Friday at Sunset Memorial Park.

  • Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery has about 800 veterans buried there. According to Shirley K. Degenhardt's 2000 history of the cemetery, Sunset Memorial was organized early in 1938 and dedicated on Memorial Day of that year.

    Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery has about 800 veterans buried there. According to Shirley K. Degenhardt's 2000 history of the cemetery, Sunset Memorial was organized early in 1938 and dedicated on Memorial Day of that year.

  • A large group of volunteers turned out to help place flags that recognize the more than 800 veterans at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery.

    A large group of volunteers turned out to help place flags that recognize the more than 800 veterans at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery.

  • Flowers and flags atop the gravesite of Joseph James Cicardi (1932-2016) of Du Quoin and Pinckneyville. Cicardi, a Navy veteran, served in Korea aboard the destroyer USS Douglas H. Fox.

    Flowers and flags atop the gravesite of Joseph James Cicardi (1932-2016) of Du Quoin and Pinckneyville. Cicardi, a Navy veteran, served in Korea aboard the destroyer USS Douglas H. Fox.

  • VFW bugler Bruce McMillen plays taps at the VFW Hall in Du Quoin.

    VFW bugler Bruce McMillen plays taps at the VFW Hall in Du Quoin.

  • 2021 VFW Scholarship recipient Slayde West with VFW Post Commander Archie Hampleman and his parents, Kevin West and Laura Kaesberg.

    2021 VFW Scholarship recipient Slayde West with VFW Post Commander Archie Hampleman and his parents, Kevin West and Laura Kaesberg.

  • Daily Grace Griffith, left, and Maranda Griffith, place flags.

    Daily Grace Griffith, left, and Maranda Griffith, place flags.

  • Archie Hampleman, VFW Post commander, at Monday's ceremony.

    Archie Hampleman, VFW Post commander, at Monday's ceremony.

  • 2021 VFW Scholarship recipient, Konner Harris. and his parents.

    2021 VFW Scholarship recipient, Konner Harris. and his parents.

  • Keagan Danner places a flag on the grave of Ralph Fisher (1916-1984), a World War II U.S. Army veteran. Fisher enlisted in the Army in Chicago in May 1942 and was discharged in October 1945. He moved to Du Quoin in 1972 and is buried in Sunset Park Cemetery.

    Keagan Danner places a flag on the grave of Ralph Fisher (1916-1984), a World War II U.S. Army veteran. Fisher enlisted in the Army in Chicago in May 1942 and was discharged in October 1945. He moved to Du Quoin in 1972 and is buried in Sunset Park Cemetery. PHOTOS BY JON MONTGOMERY

  • On Friday, VFW Commander Archie Hampleman directs his volunteers how to place flags on veterans graves at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery.See moro photos on pages 2 and 4.

    On Friday, VFW Commander Archie Hampleman directs his volunteers how to place flags on veterans graves at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery.See moro photos on pages 2 and 4.

  • Du Quoin VFW Post Commander Archie Hampleman and Chaplain Chad Armstrong salute the fallen, at Sunset Memorial Park cemetery in Du Quoin.

    Du Quoin VFW Post Commander Archie Hampleman and Chaplain Chad Armstrong salute the fallen, at Sunset Memorial Park cemetery in Du Quoin.

  • Daffron-Presswood American Legion members conclude Monday's service at Pinckneyville City Cemetery with a gun salute.

    Daffron-Presswood American Legion members conclude Monday's service at Pinckneyville City Cemetery with a gun salute.

 
Updated 6/4/2021 9:22 AM

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