The annual Madison Memorial Day program has a new location this year.
Due to construction under way at Madison High School, the program is planned for the VFW on Monday at 10 a.m. The flag ceremony will follow at the courthouse.
Richard Stearns, U.S. Army retired, is this year's featured speaker. He was born and raised in Madison, graduated form General Beadle High School and entered the U.S. Army.
He retired after 25 years of service, which took him to Korea, England, Alaska, Germany and two years in Vietnam.
Stearns retired in April 1979 and returned to Madison. He graduated from Dakota State in 1984 and became a Veterans Service Officer for the South Dakota Division of Veterans Affairs and later a National Service Officer for the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
He met and married Dorothy Hughes while he was stationed in Liverpool, England, in 1960. They have three sons: Major Richard Jr. currently serving in Germany, Capt. Carl currently serving in the South Dakota Army National Guard in Brookings, and Christopher Stearns living in Madison.
Stearns received several military awards during his service.