Brad Lapsley President of The Cemetery Association
Memorial Day 2010
Order of the Confederate Rose with Soldier at Grave

Flutes of the Spirit
Flutes of the Spirit

Parker Graves
Parker Graves
Firing of the Cannons
Firing of the Cannons

Lolisa and Anna
Lolisa and Anna

Caleb Plays Taps
Caleb Plays Taps

Memorial Day May 29, 2010

Memorial Day Observance at the Decatur-Maxwell-Murphy Cemetery

The May 29th Memorial Day Observance at historic Decatur-Maxwell-Murphy Cemetery was well attended in spite of the heat of the day.

Visitors heard about the loss of life for three families: Parker, Haley and Lewis. The family histories were presented by Sarah Moebius, Blake Bogdan and Carter Bogdan, 5th grade students at Hunt Elementary.

William Jowers, CAM President, welcomed guests and introduced Hunt Elementary Webelos 2 for the presentation of the Colors and the leading of the Pledge. Spirit of the Flutes performed patriotic music and favorite hymns throughout the program. Pastor Don Cole gave the benediction.

Certificates were awarded to the Youth of the Latter Day Saints Church for their help in maintaining the cemetery. Will Cottle (Vice President) and Brad Lapsley (former President of several terms) were also presented certificates and mementos for their many years of commitment and dedication to the historic cemetery.

Lolisa Laenger told the history of the cemetery through the eyes of early pioneer Mary Maxwell. Ann Sielert (CAM Secretary) talked to the attendees about the importance of membership and Don Sielert (CAM Treasurer) talked about the financial goals and woes of the Association.

Will Cottle, after reciting a Memorial Day poem, asked all of the Veterans in attendance to stand so that they could be thanked for their service. The audience applauded these Veterans for several minutes.

Each Veteran grave, fourteen known, was decorated with a red rose, placed by a member of the Order of the Confederate Rose. The ladies were accompanied by a member of the W.H.L. Wells Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans (Plano) who gave a slow salute at each grave. Commander Gary Bray led the roll call of the fourteen Veterans with unit members answering for the "absent" soldiers. A 21 gun salute and firing of two cannons was done in remembrance of their service in the Black Hawk War, Civil War and WWI. This was followed by Caleb Eichenberger-Gay playing Taps which concluded the program.