Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First


Events, Speakers Set For Observances In Kimball, Harrisburg

Kimball's Memorial Day observance will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the Kimball Cemetery.

The VFW also will serve burgers and fixings at their hall at 227 South Chestnut. Donations will be accepted for the meal.

Kimball resident and Kimball High School social studies teacher Matthew Shoup will be the speaker for 2023 service.

Shoup served in the Army for 10 years with the 101st Airborne. He was deployed to Afghanistan from 2001-02 and Iraq from 2003-04.

Shoup spent another year in Iraq with the 203rd military intelligence as a biological forensic collector from 2009-10.

When Shoup left the Army, he was an E6 staff sergeant.

Meanwhile, in Harrisburg, Pleasant Hill Cemetery, will have a Memorial Day program at 11 a.m. with the speaker being retired Navy Commander Reginald Preston, formerly executive officer at the Naval Submarine Base in New London, Conn. That is a major base.

Following will be a flag folding ceremony and the laying of a wreath at the Unknown Soldiers Memorial. The playing of Taps will conclude the ceremony. 

Those on hand will adjourn to the Dean Lerwick Farm 4 miles north of the cemetery, 190852 Stegall Road, for a carry-in-dinner with attendees bringing a main dish, table service and chairs. Beverages will be furnished.

For more information, call Jack Preston at 308-641-1398 or email [email protected]

Memorial Day is a federal holiday intended to honor and mourn the United States military personnel who have died while serving in the armed forces.

Daria Anderson-Faden and Jim Orr contributed to this report.