Memorial Day in Groveport

Messenger photos by Rick Palsgrove
An honor guard leads the way during the traditional Memorial Day parade in Groveport on May 27. A ceremony was held in Groveport Cemetery where American Legion Robert Dutro Post 486 Commander Joshua Saunders said of Memorial Day, “It is a day of solemn contemplation of the cost of freedom.” Also speaking at the ceremony, Motts Military Museum Director Warren Motts said, “Today is a remembrance of all those who died for their country. We must remember all those who gave their lives.” Guest speaker at the ceremony was Captain (retired) Greg Keller of the 179th Airlift Wing Ohio National Guard. Keller told stories of several veterans and their experiences and concluded with, “All gave some. Some gave all.”

Groveport Mayor Lance Westcamp (left) and Captain Greg Keller (right), along with an assembly of veterans, salute the flag during the Pledge of Allegiance during the ceremony.
The Groveport Madison High School Marching Band performed during the Memorial Day parade in Groveport on May 27.
Veterans listen to the speakers at the Memorial Day ceremony in the Groveport Cemetery.
Mayor Lance Westcamp honored local veterans at the Memorial Day ceremony in the Groveport Cemetery on May 27 by recognizing each Hometown Military Banner Honoree. 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: Katie Ann Gearheart, U.S. Army; John Hougland, U.S. Army; U.S. Army; Paul V. McGonigle, U.S. Army; Thomas W. Stevenson, U.S. Army; Dwight “Eddie” Ward, U.S. Army; Eugene Williams Jr., U.S. Army; Joseph W Shannon Jr., U.S. Marine Corp; Donald Arlen Boso, U.S. Navy; David W. Eberle, U.S. Navy; Robert Lee Graham, U.S. Navy; Thomas R. Wilson, U.S. Navy; Tish R. Pack, U.S. Air Force.
Flags flying over the graves of veterans in the Groveport Cemetery. There are a large number of military veterans’ graves in the cemetery.
A flag flies over the grave of a U.S. Army Grand Army of the Republic veteran of the Civil War.
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