American Legion Columbia Post 97 memorializes veterans


Ray Counts was in charge of Taps.

Glen Farrington served on the color guard.

As the honor guard posted the colors a four-man firing squad fired volleys at Locust Grove Cemetery in Brewster.
BREWSTER – Members of the American Legion Columbia Post 97 color guard and firing squad, under the direction of Area Three Commander, Denny Pittman, devoted the morning of Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, to ceremonies honoring the areas deceased veterans. Pittman and his crew began early Monday morning installing the large memorial flags, each labeled with a veteran’s name, at Locust Grove Cemetery before departing for Pateros Cemetery at for the first of five ceremonies the group would conduct between 9 a.m. and noon.

BREWSTER – Members of the American Legion Columbia Post 97 color guard and firing squad, under the direction of Area Three Commander, Denny Pittman, devoted the morning of Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, to ceremonies honoring the areas deceased veterans.
Pittman and his crew began early Monday morning installing the large memorial flags, each labeled with a veteran’s name, at Locust Grove Cemetery before departing for Pateros Cemetery at for the first of five ceremonies the group would conduct between 9 a.m. and noon.
At each location in turn, Pateros, the Bridge Street Bridge, Packwood, Monse and Brewster, Pittman delivered prepared remarks before placing a wreath at a designated memorial or flag pole and instructing the honor guard in the presentation of colors, firing a volley of three shots, and playing taps.
Between Pateros and Packwood Memorial Cemetery on Dyer Hill, the procession stopped in the middle of the Bridge Street Bridge in Brewster, where Pittman dropped a wreath into the Columbia River to honor those who served in the Navy and Coast Guard.
A small gathering at the Fort Okanogan Memorial Cemetery in Monse watched as the 10-man honor guard concluded an observance there before traveling to Locust Grove Cemetery in Brewster. Amid dozens of citizens visiting graves at Locust Grove, Columbia Post 97 present colors, fired volleys, played taps and left a wreath at the main flag pole.
The final ceremony of the tour took place at noon at American Legion Park adjacent to Post headquarters.

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