Jewish War Veterans plan Memorial Day program

Lisa Mandel
On Memorial Day weekend in 2014, Tom Churchill gives a salute after placing a flag salute after placing a flag at a veteran’s grave at Chesed Shel Emeth cemetery. Each year, the Boy Scouts partner with Jewish War Veterans’ local post to distribute flags at the graves of all veterans at local Jewish cemeteries. That year, scouts placed flags at more than 6,000 graves at seven local Jewish cemeteries.  Photo: Lisa Mandel   

On Sunday, May 28, the Jewish War Veterans Post 644 is planning its annual Memorial Day program. This year the event will be held at United Hebrew Congregation, 13788 Conway Road. 

Around 300 Boy Scouts will be served breakfast at 7:15 a.m. Members of the United Hebrew Brotherhood will help serve the scouts, who will be led by Scoutmaster Earl Binder. 

The Boy Scouts will then place 7,000 American Flags on the graves of Jewish War Veterans in seven Jewish cemeteries in the St Louis area. 

At 11 a.m., a Memorial Day service will be held in the United Hebrew Chapel. Cantor Ron Eichaker of United Hebrew will lead the service. Names of departed veterans who passed away in 2016 will be read. TAPS will be sounded at the flag outside the sanctuary. 

For more information, call Dennis Cohen, Jewish War Veterans Post 644 Commander, at 636-532-7172.  The public is welcome join the veterans for the 11 a.m. service.