(Posted May 17, 2017)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Memorial Day observances are planned throughout the county.
Members of Mount Sterling American Legion Post 417 will place flags on veterans’ graves at Pleasant Cemetery on Cemetery Road at 6 p.m. May 25. The public is invited to help.
A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. May 29 at the cemetery. Members who wish to participate are asked to assemble at the cemetery at 9:30. A second short service will immediately follow at Mount Sterling First United Methodist Church. Pastor Jay Moyers will speak.
West Jefferson American Legion Post 201 will host a breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. May 29 for veterans, Madison County fire and law enforcement personnel, and West Jefferson village workers and police. The post is located at 9701 W. Broad St.
At 10:30 a.m., a service will take place at Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, 9350 High Free Pike, West Jefferson. Then at noon, a ceremony is scheduled at Pleasant Hill Cemetery where Father Patrick Tomlin of Plain City, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, will serve as guest speaker.
Range Township will hold Memorial Day services at 3 p.m. May 28 at Range Township Cemetery. Gerald Baynes, United States Navy Reserve, retired, is the guest speaker. The Madison-Plains High School marching band will perform. Readings and vocal performances also are planned.
The South Solon Community Organiza-tion will hold a Memorial Day parade at 2 p.m. May 29. The Springfield Detachment of the Marine Corp League will lead the parade, followed by the Madison-Plains High School marching band directed by Renee Perkins Hostetler. The parade will progress from Community Park to South Solon Cemetery, where a short ceremony will take place. After recognition of Bob Alderson, the grand marshal, Rev. Jeff Smalley will speak. The Marines will conclude the ceremony with a 21-gun salute and the playing of “Taps.”
Plain City Veterans of Foreign Wars Darby Post 3268 and Plain City American Legion Post 248 and the auxiliaries will hold a Memorial Day celebration on May 29. The event begins with a parade forming from 8 to 8:30 a.m. at the old Plain City Elementary School, 340 W. Main St. Anyone interested in participating in the parade is asked to decorate accordingly and be ready to leave the school by 9. The parade will proceed east on Main Street then south on Chillicothe Street to Forest Grove Cemetery.
For additional information, contact the Plain City VFW at (614) 570-2962.
London’s United Veterans Organization will host Memorial Day services May 28-29. The organization includes Amvets Chapter 19, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 93, American Legion Post 105 and Vietnam Veterans Chapter 746.
On May 28, services are set for 1 p.m. at Paint Township Cemetery, 2:15 p.m. at Deercreek-Lafayette Cemetery, and 3 p.m. at Summerford Cemetery.
On May 29, veterans and members of the London High School band will assemble at 10 a.m. at the entrance of Oak Hill Cemetery. The ceremony will start at 10:15 at the statue.
A second program will take place at 11 a.m. at the veterans monument outside the Madison County Courthouse. Jennifer Moore, Madison County’s veterans service officer, will be the guest speaker. After-ward, the group will assemble at Kirkwood Cemetery for the final memorial tribute.
After all of the ceremonies are complete, veterans, their families and guests are invited to an open house at American Legion Post 105, 51 E. First St. Refresh-ments will be served.