Memorial Day ceremonies around Madison County

(Posted May 22, 2024)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Memorial Day ceremonies are taking place in communities across Madison County.

  • Paint Township

Paint Township will hold a Memorial Day service at 1 p.m. May 26 at Paint Township Cemetery. The Madison-Plains band will perform. Tina Gallagher will lead the service, and CPT B.J. Laney, veteran, U.S. Army, will give the Memorial Day message.

  • Range Township

Range Township will hold Memorial Day services at 3 p.m. May 26, the day before Memorial Day, at Range Township Cemetery. There will be a guest speaker. Readings and vocal performances are planned.

  • South Solon

The South Solon Community Organization will hold a Memorial Day parade at 2 p.m. May 27 to honor fallen soldiers for their commitment to the country and their legacy of patriotism and sacrifice.

The Springfield detachment of the Marine Corps League will lead the parade, followed by the Madison-Plains Marching Band led by Shannon Cole. The parade will step off from Community Park and progress to South Solon Cemetery where a short ceremony will take place.

Mayor Joseph Haney will recognize veteran Michelle Sullivan as the parade grand marshal. Rev. Bill Benner will speak. The Marines will perform a 21-gun salute and “Taps.”

  • Carl Ey

    Plain City

The Village of Plain City and Plain City American Legion Post 248 are hosting Memorial Day services on May 27. The celebration begins with a parade forming at 9 a.m. at Pastime Park. Step-off is at 10 a.m.

The parade will proceed south on Chillicothe Street, make a stop at Darby Township Cemetery, then continue south to Cemetery Pike. Wreaths will be dropped into Darby Creek from the Cemetery Pike bridge before the parade moves on to Forest Grove Cemetery where the main ceremony will take place.

Mayor Jodi Carney will give the welcome. The Jonathan Alder High School band will perform. A moment of silence will be observed for prisoners of war and military personnel who are missing in action.

The guest speaker is LTC (retired) Carl Ey of the U.S. Army. Ey was born into a military family. His father was a prisoner of war in World War II and a retired soldier, and his older brother Bruce is a Vietnam veteran.

In 1988, Ey accepted a regular Army commission to embark on a 22-year career that took him to Korea, Egypt, Somalia, all over Europe, Kuwait, and Iraq. He was on site at the Pentagon on 9-11, approximately 90 minutes after the disaster took place and supported the recovery mission on site for two months.

Ey served on the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee during the “handing had election,” and he served as a military escort for President Ronald Reagan’s physician when the country honored Reagan’s passing. Ey retired in 2010 as a Department of Defense spokesperson. Ey is originally from Connecticut. He and his family moved to Plain City in January 2023.

  • London

American Legion Post 105 will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. May 27 at the veterans memorial located on the Madison County Courthouse lawn in London. There will be a guest speaker. A gun salute and “Taps” will end the ceremony. The public is welcome to attend.

On May 15, area veterans placed flags on veterans’ graves at the following cemeteries: Big Plain, Deercreek-Lafayette, Kirkwood, Oak Hill, Paint Township, Range, St. Patrick, and Somerford.

  • Mount Sterling

Mount Sterling American Legion Post 417 will host a Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. May 27 at Pleasant Cemetery. Those who plan to participate are asked to assemble at the cemetery at 9:30. The Madison-Plains High School band will perform. Wes Pierce, Post 417 commander, will say a few words. Following the ceremony at the cemetery, a short service will take place at Veterans Memorial Park across from Mount Sterling Town Hall.

Prior to Memorial Day, Legion members will place flags on veterans’ graves at 6 p.m. May 23 at the cemetery. The public is invited to help.

  • Charles Stenner

    West Jefferson

American Legion Post 201 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7005 and their auxiliaries invite the public to attend a Memorial Day ceremony at 12 p.m. May 27 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, West Jefferson. The Legion’s honor guard will provide a three-volley salute with rifles. The VFW will provide the color guard.

Lieut. Gen. (retired) Charles E. Stenner Jr. is the guest speaker. Stenner graduated from Jonathan Alder High School in 1968 and the College of Wooster in 1972. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant upon completing Officer Training School in 1973. He served in various operational and staff assignments, including duty as an F-4 pilot, an A-10 instructor pilot and operations officer, and an F-16 pilot. He commanded four operations groups and two fighter wings. He was a command pilot with more than 3,500 flying hours in the F-4, A-10, and F-16.

Stenner served as chief of the Air Force Reserve, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and commander of the Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. As chief of the Air Force Reserve, he served as principal adviser on Reserve matters to the Air Force chief of staff. As commander of the Air Force Reserve Command, he had full responsibility for the supervision of all U.S. Air Force Reserve units around the world.

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