The Lassen County Marine Corps League High Sierra Detachment 1068 Color Guard displays the flags of each service branch along with the American Flag at Diamond Crest Cemetery on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2011. Pictured from left are Joel Stovall, Bill Wilson, Terry Ferguson, Ken Sawyer, Danny Choo, Arian Dworzecki and Don McMullen.

Veterans groups host Memorial Day events Monday, May 27

Memorial Day — a federal holiday on the last Monday in May — mourns and honors our deceased men and women for their military service.

This year, Memorial Day will be Monday, May 27, and local veterans groups plan ceremonies at three local cemeteries.

American flags decorate the Pioneer Cemetery gravesite of Tommy Tucker, the first Lassen County resident to die in action during World War 1, on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2011.

At 8 a.m., the American Legion will hold a ceremony at the Susanville Cemetery by the Historic Lassen County Courthouse (many locals call it the Pioneer Cemetery) honoring its namesake, Tommy Tucker.

At 9 a.m. the Veterans of Foreign Wars will hold a ceremony at the Chestnut Cemetery.

Flags and a wreath adorn the gravesite of Lieutenant Colonel Leonard Lowry on Memorial Day.

And at noon a program will be held at Diamond Crest Cemetery, featuring the Avenue of Flags (weather permitting) — more than 300 American flags, a patriotic sight to see.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. “Originally called Decoration Day, it was formalized by a “Memorial Day Order” issued by Grand Army of the Republic Commander-in-Chief John A. Logan in 1868.

The modern proclamation calls on Americans “to observe Memorial Day by praying, according to their individual religious faith, for permanent peace.”