Valley Memorial Park in Spring Valley begins cleanup

Floral vases may be turned up for the summer after March 15

Residents throughout Putnam and Bureau counties will have the opportunity this Memorial Day weekend to show their patriotism and appreciation to the country's veterans through numerous special Memorial Day community services. American flags will be waved and placed on the graves of area veterans. Some communities will have special parades and remembrance services. Originally called Decoration Day, the Memorial Day holiday was first observed May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of the Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

Spring cleanup and grounds preparation at Valley Memorial Park cemetery in Spring Valley will begin March 1, or as weather allows.

Families should pick up decorations to be saved before that date. Remaining decorations will be picked up and put in the trash.

Cemetery floral vases may be turned up for the summer after March 15.