Memorial Day in Groveport

Messenger photos by Rick Palsgrove
Boy Scout Troop 71 leads the procession into Groveport Cemetery at the start of the Memorial Day ceremony in Groveport on May 29.
Military veterans listened as speakers spoke of the importance of remembrance on Memorial Day. American Legion Commander John Stertzer Sr. said veterans who died in defense of the nation gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country and their loss is keenly felt because we lost what they could have become in later life. Assistant Director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services Sean McCarthy said those who gave their lives were from all backgrounds and that they had a shared belief in the American experiment. He said they must be remembered and their sacrifices continue to teach us.
Motts Military Director Warren Motts and Taylor Byrd ride in a vintage military Jeep in the Memorial Day parade in Groveport.
Military veteran Isaac England drove one of the military vehicles from Motts Military Museum in the parade.
The Hometown Military Banners will be displayed at the major Main Street intersections from Memorial Day to Veterans Day. Veterans honored on the Hometown Military Banners this year are: Robert Carter, Jr., U.S. Air Force; Jovanni Marie-Hill McColley, U.S. Air Force; Ray Johnson, U.S. Air Force; Joseph Meyer, U.S. Air Force; Lindsay Hunter Dunlap, U.S. Army; Katie Ann Gearheart, U.S. Army; Jennifer Westcamp, U.S. Army; Samuel Louis Balsimo, U.S. Marine Corp; Trevor Shoemaker, U.S. Marine Corp; Debbi Featherston Kent, U.S. Coast Guard; John E. Penix, U.S. Navy; Gregory Charles West, U.S. Navy.
The rifle squad from Groveport American Legion Robert Dutro Post 486 fired a salute near the end of the ceremony in Groveport Cemetery.
Rose Voyer (pictured here) and Marylin Romero of the Groveport Madison Marching Band played “Taps” at the close of the ceremony.
Always remember.
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  1. Hi Rick,
    These pictures you took for Memorial Day 2023 are very nice! I feel they catch the true spirit of Memorial Day. Even though the crowd was small, those present show respect and reverence.


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