Memorial Day events include parade in downtown Eureka Springs

Friday, May 22, 2015

Several Carroll County organizations are planning to celebrate Memorial Day on Monday, May 25.

A parade is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday in downtown Eureka Springs, to be followed by a memorial service in Basin Park.

Parade organizer Peggy Duncan said retired Col. Mike Ross, former commander of the 39th Infantry Brigade and the 142nd Field Artillery Regiment, Arkansas National Guard, will be the grand marshal. The 399th Army Band from Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., will participate in the parade, as will a color guard from the 142nd.

Duncan said veterans of World War II and Korea will ride in the city tram, escorted by the American Legion Legion Riders, right behind the grand marshal.

"We want all the Carroll County World War II vets and Korean vets to please try to come," she said.

Other wartime veterans will be divided into sections, she said, followed by veterans who served during peacetime and anyone else who wants to participate.

After the parade there will be a memorial service in Basin Park led by the Rev. Acra Turner. Ross will speak at the memorial service, which also will include music by the 399th and the playing of "Taps."

Duncan said parade participants will be staging on Howell Street, below the Carnegie Public Library in Eureka Springs.

The parade is hosted by American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 36.

Other events planned around the county include:

* Pendergrass Rose American Legion Post 36 will host a ceremony at 9 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Park, where Clint Miller will speak.

* The Eureka Springs Cemetery Commission will honor fallen heroes beginning at 9:30 a.m. There will be live entertainment, a guest speaker and free lunch with beverages for sale at the event.

* The American Legion Walker-Wilson Post 9 of Eureka Springs will celebrate the day at 10:30 a.m. inside the American Legion building just north of the intersection of Highway 23 North and Highway 187. Sheriff Randy Mayfield will speak.

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