By Tara Figurski
Reynoldsburg and Truro Township residents will celebrate Memorial Day on May 23 at 5 p.m. with a “Changing of the Colors Ceremony” honoring all veterans at Silent Home Cemetery, 1576 Lancaster Avenue.
American Legion Post 798 of Reynoldsburg will host the ceremony in honor and memory of veterans who have served in the line of duty.
American Legion Post Commander Tim Dunn said Boy Scout Troop 277 will place an American flag on the graves of all veterans laid to rest in the cemetery.
“We had all new holders placed this year,” Dunn said.
There are 116 new flag holders valued at about $1,100 for the cemetery, Dunn said. Truro Township Road Superintendent Stan Knoderer placed the new flag holders in the cemetery. The funds for the flag holders came from an anonymous donor and a $250 filming fee donated to the township by the Discovery Investigative Channel.
Every year each veteran in the Silent Home Cemetery receives a new set of colors for their flag holder, Dunn said. In 2013, American Legion Post 798 and Boy Scout Troop 277 dedicated a new granite memorial honoring military veterans.
“We raise a new set of colors every year at the flagpole,” Dunn said.
Also, the American Legion will hold its annual poppy sale. Proceeds from the fundraiser are used to assist deployed veterans families, provide toys to needy families in Truro Township and send four boys to Buckeye Boys State in June.
The fundraiser will take place on May 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kroger parking lot on East Main Street next to Aaron’s Furniture rental.
“We have a food drive for Helping Hands (Reynoldsburg food pantry), sell poppies, magnets that you can put on your car and small flags,” Dunn said. “We try to send four young men (to Buckeye Boy State). We have done that now for 12 years.”
For information contact Post Commander Tim Dunn at 216-6905.