By Sonya Campbell
Harker Heights Herald
SALADO - The annual Memorial Day service in Salado, featuring a flyover by the Commemorative Air Force, will get under way at 9:30 a.m. May 30 at the Historic Salado Cemetery on Baines Street.
According to Memorial Day Service Chairman Bill Kinnison, Bell County Commissioner Tim Brown will serve as master of ceremonies, and also will give special recognition to veterans at the event and to families of those buried at the cemetery.
Mayor Merle Stalcup and Salado Cemetery Association President Dr. Steven Ervin will provide welcoming remarks.
A featured speaker will be Staff Sgt. Pat Zeigler, who was wounded in the Fort Hood shooting on Nov. 5, 2009. He will share comments on the importance of Memorial Day.
Retired Col. Stephen Peters, treasurer of Friends of Salado Cemetery Association, and Terry Bergstrom, cemetery board member, will read the roll call of veterans' names.
There are 414 veterans buried at the Salado Cemetery. A majority of them served during wartime. Also interred at Salado Cemetery are the Rev. G.W. Baines, great-grandfather of President Lyndon B. Johnson; the Rev. and Mrs. J. E. Ferguson, parents of Gov. James E. Ferguson; A. J. Rose, grand master of AF&AM of Texas and trustee of Texas A&M College; J.L. Smith and S.J. Jones, who both served as Salado College presidents.
During the ceremony, a memorial wreath will be placed at the base of the flag poles by retired Maj. Woodie Grisham, Don Clayton and Bryan Johnson.
Will Cook from Salado High School will play taps in memory of veterans buried in Salado and in foreign lands. Also Nick Classen will perform on the bagpipes.
Light refreshments will be served afterward. The event will take place rain or shine.
Those planning to attend the Memorial Day service are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and umbrellas.
The event typically draws about 200 people.