Volunteer pilots will fly their own aircraft in salute on Memorial Day, over the Fort McPherson National Shrine/Cemetery and the 20th Century Veterans Memorial during services on Monday.
Pilots with the Panther Squadron are expected to use a “missing man” formation in which one of the airplanes climbs sharply heavenward as its companions carry on.
The pilots fly amateur-built craft that are capable of acrobatic maneuvers and can attain speeds above 200 mph.
At the Fort McPherson ceremony, David C. Olson will be the featured speaker at the Fort McPherson ceremony. Olson, a 1966 graduate of Wallace High School, served two hitches in the Navy. He is the local commander of the Disabled American Veterans and has overcome a lifelong battle with depression.
Individual flags will be placed on the graves at Fort McPherson.
Services will be held at the following times and locations in the North Platte area on Monday, May 28.
- 10 a.m. at North Platte Cemetery.
- 11 a.m. at Floral Lawns Cemetery.
- 2 p.m. at Fort McPherson National Shrine/Cemetery.
- 4 p.m. at the 20th Century Veterans Memorial in North Platte.