The American Legion Post 297, Union, will welcome veteran advocate Hugh Nisbet next week to speak at the annual Memorial Day service.

The annual Memorial Day Parade and service will be Monday, May 27.

The Memorial Day parade will begin at 10 a.m. in downtown Union.

Those watching the parade are asked to refrain from parking in the lot across Locust Street from Union City Hall.

During the program, the Union High School Red and Black Brigade Marching Band will perform.

There will be a lunch served following the services.


Nisbet served on active duty with the U.S. Marines from Nov. 1, 1961, through Oct. 31, 1964. He was with the 10th Marine regiment while stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C., following boot camp at MCRD San Diego.

Most of Nisbet’s career following his military service has been in public service. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Maryville College while he was a police officer in Maplewood.

He then was a childcare worker at Lakeside Center when he began working on his master’s in social work. He completed that degree while he was working as a social worker at the St. Louis County Jail.

Nisbet later earned a law degree at Oklahoma City University and served as both a public defender and assistant prosecutor. He retired as chief public defender for Bonner County, Idaho ,in 2007.

Today, Nisbet lives in Eolia with his wife Mary and their Newfoundland, Odie. Nisbet continues to a limited practice of law, criminal defense and veterans issues.

Nisbet is a member of the Clarksville American Legion Post 349 where he serves as adjutant and judge advocate. He is the judge advocate for the Ninth District of the Department of Missouri American Legion and a member two department committees.

He also is a lifetime member of the Marine Corps League, a charter member of the William E. Barber Detachment, Sandpoint, Idaho; and the Lincoln County Marines Detachment 1405 in Lincoln County. He is judge advocate of the Lincoln County Marines Detachment.

Parade Route

All nonpolitical entries are welcome to participate in the parade which will be led by the American Legion Post 297 Honor Guard.

Assembly for the parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the southeast corner of Locust and Church streets. Entries will line up along Locust Street leading back toward the Union Memorial Auditorium.

Those participating in the parade but not the program will be diverted at North Christina Avenue and State Street. Those participating in the program will continue to the American Legion Post 297 Home.

The parade route will be the same as in past years. It is as follows:

• From the intersection of Locust and Church streets, the parade will travel north on Church Street to Main Street;

• West on Main Street to Oak Street;

• South on Oak Street to Locust Street;

• West on Locust Street to Washington Avenue;

• North on Washington Avenue to Main Street;

• West on Main Street to Christina Street;

• North on Christina Street to State Street; and

• East on State Street to the American Legion Post 297 Home.