UPDATED – PCHS alum among honorees at memorial service, other events postponed

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~ PVN staff report

SHENANDOAH, May 28 — While the main memorial service will still be held Saturday morning, other events planned for this weekend in the Town of Shenandoah have been canceled or postponed.

Shenandoah’s Memorial Day Weekend Festival — now in its 24th year — was not scheduled to include the flagship parade down First Street for the second-straight year due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, both the Town and the Shenandoah Heritage Center announced on Friday afternoon that several other events are called off as well.

Friday evening’s Cruz-In on First Street has be CANCELLED, and a flag retirement ceremony planned for Friday evening has been POSTPONED to Monday, May 31 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Veterans Park, 205 Virginia Avenue.

On Saturday, a yard and bake sale will still be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Shenandoah Pentecostal Holiness Church, along with a book sale at Shenandoah Community Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

During this year’s memorial service — still scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Shenandoah VFW — the town, as they do each year, will pay tribute to recent fallen soldiers from Virginia. This year’s honorees are:

• Sgt. Jacob Shifflett, a 2017 graduate of Page County High School who passed away last month in Atlanta, Ga.

• Staff Sgt. Christopher Pantos, of Richmond, who passed away last month at the Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait.

The memorial service will include words from local officials, local clergy and veterans, as well as special music and presentations. The event will be held inside in case of bad weather.

The car show on First Street originally planned for Saturday evening, has been POSTPONED to Monday, May 31 from 1 to 6 p.m. The car show is sponsored by Strategic Financial Group, LLC. There will be four drawings for $250, as well as door prizes and a 50/50 drawing.

While masks are not required, the Town has asked that everyone practice social distancing at these events.

For more information about the car show, call Nancy Karnes at (540) 742-1141 or visit their Facebook page.

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