CANON CITY — Canon City’s pioneers and veterans will be honored during the annual Memorial Day Ceremony set for 11 a.m. May 25 at the Greenwood Pioneer Cemetery, 1315 S. First St.

The patriotic event will be held at the historic cemetery with the help of representatives of the American Legion Post 13 of Canon City, the Marine League Volley Team and the Greenwood Guard. American Legion Chaplain Larry McDonald will give the invocation and benediction and the American Legion Color Guard will present the colors.

The Greenwood Guard will conduct a flag ceremony at the Grand Army of the Republic (Union) section of the cemetery. Kelli Duncan will sing the national anthem and guest speaker will be Major Ed Williamson.

“We will then stroll to the confederate section and have a ceremony honoring those veterans and pioneers as well,” said Carol McNew, secretary of the cemetery committee. “The public is invited and should be prepared for being outside for at least an hour.”

McNew said the national historic cemetery hosted 4,000 burials, but only about half of the graves are marked.

“We have recently erected white metal crosses to mark the unmarked graves in various places of the 10 acre cemetery,” she said.

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