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Stem hosts Memorial Day celebration

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STEM — Stem residents gathered Monday at Jack Day Community Park for a Memorial Day event to honor and celebrate those who have served.

Small American flags lined the area where Pfc. Angela Williams-Brown, a Stem resident, appeared to be deeply moved by Kathleen Gleeson’s rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Williams-Brown served in the Army from 1996 to 2001 as a motor pool operator. Williams-Brown rose to the rank of Private First Class before leaving the service.

Mayor Casey Dover and Mayor Pro Tem Susan Cope each acknowledged Williams-Brown’s service to the country. Dover read a proclamation declaring May 27, 2019 as a day of remembrance, honor and celebration for the community.

Charlotte Cope read the poem, “In Flanders Field” written by John McCrae during World War I, and Stem Commissioner David Pavlus closed with a prayer and asked for a moment of silence to remember those that have fallen, followed by the strains of “Taps.”

A wreath stood in the corner of the park for those that wanted to stop for a moment of silence.