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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - June 1, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Theater to offer films for the deaf By CURTISS A. HARTLEY For The Telegraph EDWARDSVILLE - The deaf and hard-of-hearing in the Metro East will be able to enjoy first-run movies without going to St. Louis, thanks to a coordinated effort by Alton’s IMPACT Inc. and Edwardsville^ Kerasotes Showplace 12 Theatre. “Analyze This,” starring Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal, will be shown with open captioning June 17 in the new movie theater on Center Grove Road. Open captioning is different from the closed caption system people are familiar with on television, where white letters are placed over a black background box, said Karen ■ See THEATER, Page A-7 Good Morning # Area/Illinois .. .A-3 Obituaries ........A-5 Bulletin Board .. .. .A-6 Brady, Champlin, Classifieds_____ .. .C-4 Davidson, Ely, Francis, Comics........ . . .C-2 Fry, Johnson, Scoggins Editorial . ...... . . .A-4 Scoreboard .......B-2 Nation/World . .. . . .A-8 Television ........C-3 Speaker offers remembrance with a message By CORY PITT For The Telegraph BRIGHTON - About IOO people attended a Memorial Day service in Brighton, where they heard a message that they should look up to the nation’s veterans as examples for living their own lives. The service was held Monday morning at Brighton Cemetery. The Rev. Mike Southeombe of St John’s United Church of Christ spoke to those attending the service. Southeombe delivered a message not just of honoring and remembering the veterans who lost their lives in service to the nation, but of building on their accomplishments. “On this Memorial Day, we decide as a community to live our lives in response to those who passed before us,” Southeombe said. “The flags we wave on this day do not stand for the country we live in but for the country we can become.” A red wreath emblazoned with the phrase, “Gone but not forgotten,” was placed in front For The Telegraph/MELINDA KIDWELL Elmer Bott, a member of the Brighton American Legion stands in front of a veterans memorial in Brighton Cemetery. Bott served in the South Pacific for more than three years. See story, A-7 of the veteran’s memorial statue in honor of veterans buried in Brighton Cemetery. The memorial, erected in 1991, was built in honor of area veterans and contains emblems of the U.S. Army, Air Force, Merchant Marine, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard. Gary Ressler, commander of Brighton American Legion Post 476, presented the colors and the honor guard, who ■ See MESSAGE, Page A-7 • 700 Rolls iii stock Vinyl from 33 < sq. ft. • Carpet from 33 < sq. ft. Pergo/Mohawk Laminate Wood Flooring from $ I 99 sq. HIE TE IJ SIJ UAPH Hawks softball heads back to state Page R-l Tho outlook Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms; high near 84, low near 66 PageC-6 Colors of toe day Scenes from the 132nd Alton Memorial Day Parade Vol. 164, No. 137 — 50 cents rn Page C-l - Tuesday, June 1,1999 www.thetelegraph.com Service honors fallen heroes By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer ALTON — As Monday’s 132nd Alton Memorial Day Parade ended, more than IOO people gathered in Upper Alton Cemetery for the traditional memorial service. “I feel honored to share this Memorial Day with you,” guest speaker Keith Gary Cain, a senior chief petty officer with the U.S. Navy, told those in attendance. He said more than 1.3 million soldiers have died serving the United States during its wars. Some people in attendance wiped tears from their cheeks during the 21-gun salute, the playing of taps by a trumpeter and other patriotic songs by the Alton Colonial Fife and Drum Corps. “Memorial Day is not only about remembering the men and women who made the supreme sacrifice. It’s also about protecting their ideals so their sacrifices will not be in vain,” Cain said. “The American flag means, to me: sacrifice, confidence, freedom, and a requirement for the willingness of any one of us to lead the country to its, best, greatest and most productive hour,” he said. Sister Theotima of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George, from St. Anthony’s Health Center in Alton, was presented with a parade marshal plaque from Scott Neudecker, president of the Upper Alton Association Inc., which sponsored the parade. He said Memorial Day was started in 1868 by the Grand Army of the Republic, made up of veterans who fought to ■ See SERVICE, Page A-7 ... ... _ .... ^ „ The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Members of the Encounter choir, from the Main Street United Methodist Church in Alton, carry a huge American flag down Washington Avenue Monday through the 132nd annual Alton Memorial Day Parade. Below: Olivia Prater, 4, of Alton seemed to enjoy the parade but not the noise generated by the marching bands. A parade to remember Veterans and children alike enjoy annual celebration By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer ALTON — For veterans like Charles Naylor, the joy of seeing parents with their young children beaming with patriotic pride on Memorial Day is wonderful. “It just gets better every year,” said Naylor, of Alton, who watched Monday’s 132nd Alton Memorial Day Parade from his wheelchair on College Avenue. The annual event is the nation’s oldest continuous parade celebrating Memorial Day. Naylor turns 83 years old today, which makes him fortunate considering the dangers he faced while serving with the 23rd Armored Engineers of the 1st Army from July 1941 to November 1945. “I was in the Normandy campaign not too many days past D-Day. I was in five campaigns, including the Battle of the Bulge, have five battle scars and a Bronze Star,” said Naylor, who was obviously choked up and uncomfortable discussing his horrible experiences in World War IL “I went in before Pearl Harbor and spent 28 months overseas,” said Naylor, adding that he often attends yearly reunions with his division and sees friends who were as fortunate as he to make it through the war. Naylor was one of hundreds of veterans and thousands of spectators overall who lined the ■ See PARADE, Page A-7
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