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Showing respects for the fallen

Memorial Day is this Monday and it’s normally a time where people come out to honor those that have served and given their lives to their country.

Every year, events across the nation celebrate these sacrifices, but this year that will change.

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a monkey wrench into the gears of most everything and the annual Memorial Day events are no different.

There will be no organized events in Austin this year because of the restrictions on gatherings, but some veterans in Austin are still planning to get out and honor the fallen.

“We still want to respect our fallen comrades and those men and women still serving our country,” said Rollie Hanson, American Legion Post 91 commander. “And we want to thank the people combating the pandemic.”

At 7 p.m. just a pair of veterans at both the the American Legion and American VFW Post 1216 will raise the flags and then at close to 7:45 a.m. they will transition to the Veterans Memorial to do the same for the flags there.

It may not be as much as in years past, but it’s still a way to stay “thank you.”

“We want people to know that we still are going to respect our veterans,” Hanson said.

Lyle Legion Post 105

9 a.m.  Cedar City Cemetery

9:30 a.m.  London Cemetery

10 a.m.  Deer Creek (IA) Cemetery

10:30 a.m.  Woodbury Cemetery

11 a.m.  Mona (IA) Cemetery

11:30 a.m.  Six Mile Grove Cemetery

The public is urged to abide by social distancing guidelines