Memorial Day observances

By Rick Palsgrove
Managing Editor

Always remember.

Memorial Day is a solemn and moving tradition for Americans – whether they live in big cities, small towns, or the countryside – dating back to the day’s origins in the post-Civil War period.

Each Memorial Day is special in its own right as we pay respects to the fallen as flags gently flutter by each tombstone and flowers grace the graves.

Time rolls on. Memories of some things in life may fade, but not the memory of the sacrifices made by these, our honored fallen members of the military.

Memorial Day endures and is an elegant, dignified reminder to us all of the profound sacrifices made by members of our communities in service to their country.

After your local Memorial Day ceremony concludes and the crowd drifts away, linger for awhile in the cemetery. Walk around and read the names on the grave stones. Absorb the ever present silence of the flag decorated graves of the soldiers resting there and the silence of the flower covered graves of generations of others buried there. Remember those who rest in the cemetery were once like us – laughing, loving, living – giving their all every day to better their community and country. Always remember.

Area Memorial Day ceremonies include:

Canal Winchester
In remembrance of fallen veterans, VFW Post #10523 will host Canal Winchester’s annual Memorial Day ceremony on May 27 at Union Grove Cemetery, 400 Winchester Cemetery Road, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will feature keynote speaker Pastor Al Swartz with David Evangelical Lutheran Church. Other ceremony participants will include Boy Scouts Troop 103, Cub Scouts Troop 103, and the Canal Winchester High School Band.
Immediately following the Canal Winchester Memorial Day ceremony, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will host a flag retirement ceremony on the cemetery grounds.

The public is invited to attend both ceremonies. Lawn chairs or blankets are encouraged for seating.

Lockbourne’s annual Memorial Day Parade and Celebration will be held May 27.
The parade begins at noon and a ceremony follows immediately after the parade at 95 Landis St. The parade begins at Lockbourne Road and Commerce Street, runs west on Commerce, south on Williams, east on Mechanics, north on Vause Street and ends at the Lockbourne Veterans Park.

The guest speaker and grand marshal is Col. Andrew P. Powers, Commander, 121st Air Refueling Wing (ARW). Prior to taking command of the 121st ARW, Powers served as the commander of the 178th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group. He is a command pilot with approximately 2,775 flight hours.

The Hamilton Township High School Ensemble will sing the National Anthem.

“Each year, we honor a current or former Lockbourne resident who served in the military,” said Lockbourne Mayor Christie Ward. “There is a flag folding presentation which is then given to our honoree. This year’s honoree is Ben Smith, U.S. Marines.”

In addition to honoring those veterans who sacrificed their lives while serving in the U.S. military, Ward said the village will take the opportunity to share a piece of history of Lockbourne / Rickenbacker Air Force Base.

“We have a display at the ceremony on the Tuskegee Airmen, the Women Air Service Pilots (WASPs), photos of Lockbourne Air Force Base, the Cars Races at the Base, etc.,” said Ward. “This year, we are honoring the 121st ARW and will have a special display for them.”
For information email or call (614) 491-3161.

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