Then: With around 150 flags on display, the Veterans Memorial Association dedicated the Memorial Circle near the entrance of Parkview Cemetery during the Memorial Day ceremony on May 30, 1964.
The dedication followed other changes during the previous couple of years in the way veterans were honored.
Flags were flown at the Memorial Circle for the first time on Memorial Day 1962 when 37 flags were displayed.
Now: To accommodate growing attendance at Hastings’ Memorial Day ceremony, the number of flags displayed around the Memorial Circle has been reduced. Now, including the surrounding triangle medians and Mount Sinai burial grounds, about 120 flags are displayed in the cemetery on Memorial Day.
During the 1963 Memorial Day service, 101 flags were displayed. Besides introducing display of flags around the Memorial Circle, 1962 also was when the Civil War obelisk monument was moved there from the Adams County Courthouse lawn.
Adams County Veterans Service Officer Chris Long said attendance at the ceremony, taking place this year at 10 a.m. Monday, continues to grow. In 2013, all of the 150 programs printed for the event were gone within 20 minutes.