Honoring service members on Memorial Day

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
After two years of cancellations and scaled-back events, the annual Memorial Day parade and service has finally returned to Grove City. On May 30, hundreds gathered throughout the heart of the city’s downtown to honor and pay their respects to the men and women of the U.S. military who have died while serving their country. Here, members of the American Legion Paschall Post 164 Honor Guard present arms during a remembrance ceremony at the Grove City Cemetery. The American Legion Paschall Post 164 hosts the event in collaboration with Veterans of Foreign Wars 8198.
Siblings JoeJoe, Mia, and Dominic Nickoloff (pictured from left to right) show their patriotic spirit while they await the start of the ceremonies.
Members of the Jackson Township Fire Department unfurl an oversized American flag from the back of Ladder 204.
The parade comes down Broadway.
Members of the Central Crossing High School Color Guard wave to the crowd.
Grove City Police Officer Derek Jones salutes during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner.
This 1945 Willys Jeep was a part of the Memorial Day parade. It is driven by owner Neil Dobbes with Michael Spiers riding in the passenger side. Dobbes, a self-proclaimed WWII buff, purchased the Jeep in 1975 but only began to have it restored two years ago.
Among those in the crowd were veterans Cpl. Jack Kelly, pictured with his daughter Erin at left, and Cpl. Pete Baughman, pictured with his son Joel at right. Kelly served in the Marine Corps and fought in the Korean War, and Baughman served in World War II as a member of the Army. The residents of Grove City said they wanted to come out and pay homage to those who were killed in service to their country.
Members of the community participate in the ceremony at the Grove City Cemetery


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