Navy Ensign Donald “Sam” Alexander, a 2013 Geneseo graduate, will be the guest speaker at Geneseo’s 2018 Memorial Day Ceremony.

Navy Ensign Donald “Sam” Alexander, a 2013 Geneseo graduate, will be the guest speaker at Geneseo’s 2018 Memorial Day Ceremony.

The ceremony will be Monday, May 28 at the Geneseo City Park. Patriotic music will be performed by members of the Geneseo Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade bands starting at 9:30 a.m. The program will follow at 10 a.m.

Alexander is currently attached to the Naval Nuclear Prototype Training Unit on the Moored Training Ship 626 (formerly the USS Daniel Webster), in Charleston, S.C.

Following high school, Alexander attended Purdue University where he graduated in 2017 with a degree in mechanical engineering and minors in history and naval science. He is a graduate of the Naval Nuclear Power School Class 1707.

He was commissioned in May 2017 as an Ensign in the Navy and then selected as a submarine warfare officer in training. He transferred to Naval Nuclear Power Training Command for Officer Nuclear Power School in July 2017.

He graduated from Nuclear Power School in March 2018.

Todd Sieben, U.S. Navy veteran, will serve as master of ceremonies on Memorial Day.

The VFW firing squad and color guard, under the direction of Bob DeBoever, will give the salute, followed by “Taps” and its echo played by Julia Buzard and David Johnson.

The Rev. Christopher Bushre, of St. John’s Lutheran Church, in rural Geneseo will give the invocation and benediction.

Traditional Memorial Day readings will be given by high school students.

Music also will be provided by a high school ensemble.

Weather permitting, Geneseo’s Memorial Day ceremony will feature the “Aisle of Flags.” Now in its 37th year, the more than 786 American flags will be joined by several new flags.

The new flags will represent veterans: William “Bill” Bean, Lorrin Buechler, Gary Combs, James DeSplinter (on the same pole as Jeffery Halligan), Lyle “Butch” DeSplinter, Keith Jones, George Masengarb, Cindy Davidson McRae, William Rickman Jr. and Marvin Scranton.

Volunteers are needed to help raise the flags at 7 a.m. in the city park. A breakfast for volunteers will be served at the VFW following the flag raising.

In case of rain, the Memorial Day program will be moved to the Concert Hall at Geneseo High School.