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Columbia Memorial Day observation
May 25, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Memorial Day in Columbia will be observed with an outdoor, drive-up program May 25 at Columbia American Legion Post 581. The observance will be broadcast on a low-watt radio frequency beginning at 11 a.m. The traditional program will not take place because of COVID-19. Those attending will be asked to remain in their parked vehicles and tune to 106.9 FM. The 30-minute program will be broadcast through the radio tuned to that frequency. The broadcast will only be heard within the immediate area surrounding the post home. Presentations will be led by Commander Greg Smith, who will serve as master of ceremonies. Highlights will include reading the honor roll of recently deceased members of the post and auxiliary. Recorded patriotic music will be provided by Pat Mace. The Post 581 Honor Guard will present the colors. The honor guard firing squad will fire a salute after program participants place a wreath at the Doughboy Monument at the conclusion of the program. Sons of the American Legion Squadron 581 will assist in directing vehicles in the parking lot. Those wishing to attend are asked to arrive early to allow for orderly parking. The Legion Hall will be closed and no rest room access, food or beverage service will be available. All applicable social distancing requirements will be observed.