The new Dunsmuir Dogwood Daze Veterans Celebration scheduled for May 28, 2017 is an effort to honor all veterans, according to organizer "Big Dave" Keisler.

Volunteers from Dunsmuir constructed the base for a new flag pole at the Dunsmuir Cemetery Friday, May 12.

The new flag pole and flag raising is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday, May 28, at the start of Dunsmuir’s Dogwood Daze Veterans Celebration.

The event will include a parade from the cemetery, through downtown Dunsmuir, to the town’s historic Babe Ruth baseball field.

A barbecue is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the ball field, followed by guest speakers, an awards ceremony, demonstrations, games, live music and vendors.

All are invited and all veterans are encouraged to wear their uniforms.

All veterans will receive a free meal sponsored and paid for by Dunsmuir Rotary Club. Otherwise, the barbecue meal is $5 per person or $3 for those who bring canned food for those in need.

“We want to honor all veterans,” said event organizer “Big Dave” Keisler, a Dunsmuir Rotary member and Dunsmuir City Councilor.

Keisler said scheduled guest speakers include retired California State Senator Maurice Johannessen, Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey, and Tony Ginocchio of Mount Shasta.

Keisler was one of the volunteers involved in Friday’s base construction for the new flag pole at the Dunsmuir Cemetery. Also volunteering were Paul Collins, Philip Gregory, Michael Swords of Swords Construction, USMC Veteran Richard Sanders, Brian Wilson of the City of Dunsmuir, and Kyle Gray of Sousa Ready Mix, which donated the concrete.