Cemetery Clean-up

Springville City and Evergreen Cemeteries will be cleaned up on Monday, June 2. All decorations will be collected and disposed of by cemetery personnel. If you wish to retain any decorations you have left on a grave, please get them before June 2.

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Lt. Vernal J. Bird finally coming home to Springville to be laid to rest.

The flags along Main Street will be flown in honor of Lt. Vernal J. Bird from Wednesday through Saturday of this week.  Lt. bird was a 2nd Lieutenant in United States Air Force and was from Springville. He lost his life during World War II.  Lt. Bird was the pilot of his plane and was on a bombing mission on March 12, 1944. His mission and the mission of the squadron was to bomb the Japanese Air Force base at Borham, New Guinea that day.  He and the only other occupant of the aircraft (a Gunner) were never heard from again. In 2001 during the excavation of another downed U.S aircraft the plane of Lt. Bird was accidently found and the recovery process began. Through DNA processing Lt. Birds remains have been positively identified.

Lt. Birds remains will be returned to Utah on Wednesday, September 25th will full Military honors. There will be a motorcycle escort from the SLC International Airport to the mortuary in Springville. The arrival in Springville is expected at approximately 4:00 p.m. The procession will exit at the Springville North I-15 off-ramp, travel on main street to 200 South.

The memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 28th at the LDS Church east of the Springville High School (approximately 950 South 1700 East) at 11:00 am-11:45 am. The procession will then travel west on 800 South to 400 East. It will travel south on 400 east to the Evergreen Cemetery with the Springville Police escort. The plan is to be at the cemetery by 12:20. Full Air Force Military rites will be presented.

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