A Memorial Day ceremony will be held at Mount View Cemetery on Upper Mountain Road, across from the Pekin Fire Co., starting at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 30. The Sanborn Fire Co. Band, plus the color guard and firing squad from the Niagara Falls Air Base, and the Cambria Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, will march from the Pekin firehall to the cemetery.
Vietnam war veteran Jon MacSwan will serve as guest speaker.
The ceremony, which will include members of Sanborn Post No. 969, will take place around the Civil War monument located at the north end of Mount View Cemetery. This was the first Civil War monument to be erected in Niagara County.
This observance was started in 1886 by members of the G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic). Their post, No. 125, was named after Pvt. Alexander B. Mabon of Pekin, a member of Company B of the 8th Regiment NY Artillery, who gave his life during the Civil War.
Ceremonial duties continued with the formation of Sanborn Post No. 969, the American Legion, on June 14, 1924, and have continued to the present. The post is responsible for decorating more than 1,000 graves in seven cemeteries in recognition of Memorial Day.
New members to Post No. 969 are welcome.