Memorial Day observances set


Memorial Day is a time of honor and remembrance when flowers are placed on the graves of the fallen who sacrificed for their country.

The communities of the Southeast area will set aside time for some solemn moments on May 26 to reflect upon, and recognize, those who have served in the armed forces of the United States.


Canal Winchester

The Leach Benson Post 220, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 220, and VFW Post 10523 are sponsoring Memorial Day ceremonies at Canal Winchester’s Union Grove Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. on May 26.

Major General Gregory Wayt, adjutant general for Joint Forces Headquarters-Ohio, will be the featured speaker.

Other speakers include Buckeye Girls State Representatives Arielle Harris and Anndrae Dysart  and Buckeye Boys State Representatives Grant Dosch and Deidric Cupper.

Also participating in the ceremony will be: the Canal Winchester High School band; and local Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts. Brownies, Blue Birds, and Campfire Girls.

Groveport and Lockbourne

The Robert Dutro Post 486 and Robert Dutro Auxiliary Unit will conduct Memorial Day services and grave decorations in Groveport and Lockbourne on May 26 to honor those who served during the nation’s wars.

Services at Lockbourne Fernwood Cemetery begin at 10:30 a.m. The speaker will be Rev. Jeff Smalley from Walnut Hill United Methodist Church.


Ceremonies at the Groveport Cemetery start at 1:30 p.m. with guest speaker Major Joseph Cantino of the Air National Guard.

The Groveport Madison High School Marching Band will lead the traditional Groveport Memorial Day parade. The parade begins at 1:15 p.m. at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St., and then marches down Main Street to College Street and then to Groveport Cemetery. All children of the community, including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Campfire Youth, are invited to carry flowers and assist in decorating the graves of the war dead.


On May 24 at 10 a.m. Boy Scout Troop 256 will place flags on the graves of every veteran interred in Pickerington area cemeteries.

The David A. Johnston Memorial Post 283 of the American Legion, 7725 Refugee Road in Pickerington, and the Post 283 Honor Guard are hosting an open house on Memorial Day. The public is invited to attend all Memorial Day on May 26 services and following the services, the entire Post facility will be open to the public. The Post will provide free food and The Alexander Brothers band will provide entertainment.

Memorial Day ceremonies:

•9 a.m. at Violet Cemetery on East Columbus St. in Pickerington;

•9:30 a.m. in Victory Park on Lockville Road in Pickerington;

•10:30 a.m. at Glen Rest Cemetery on East Main Street in Reynoldsburg;

•1 p.m. Post ceremony at 7725 Refugee Road.

At the Post’s open house a plaque will be unveiled officially naming the shelter house at the Post’s Veterans Memorial Park in honor of Cpl. Dustin Derga, a Pickerington Marine who was killed in action on May 8, 2005 in Ubaydi Iraq. The Post will recognize Derga’s fellow Marines of LIMA CO 3/25, some of whom face redeployment to Iraq later this fall, and will also recognize all World War II veterans in attendance.

There will be a presentation of Marine Corps flag by members of MIKE CO 3/5. The flag bears the signatures and comments of the surviving members of the unit with which the Post’s namesake, Cpl. David A. Johnston, who served and was killed in action in Vietnam.


In addition to the annual Fireman’s Fish Fry on Memorial Day in Lithopolis, several events will be taking place at Wagnalls Memorial, 150 E. Columbus St., over the Memorial Day weekend including:

•Wagnalls Memorial’s banquet hall will be the location of the Lithopolis Garden Club’s annual flower show from noon to 5 p.m. on Memorial Day, which includes a raffle for a basket of gardening items and a plant sale.

•Wagnalls Family Theatre, 150 E. Columbus St., Lithopolis, will stage "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe," on May 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. and May 25 and 26 at 2 p.m. Adults are $10, Students and seniors are $8.  Call (614) 837-4765 ext. 104.

•The art students of Teresa Satola will hold an art exhibit in the gallery of Wagnalls Memorial, through May. For information on the exhibit or art classes, call (614) 837-4765 ext.127. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The exhibit will be open Memorial Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the Firemen’s Fish Fry.

•The main floor of the Wagnalls library will be open to purchase books at the Owl’s Nest Book Store from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.  There also will be a bake sale. (Library services will not be available that day.)

•There will be two guided tours of Wagnalls Memorial on Memorial Day at 11 a.m. and noon to acquaint visitors with the building and its history.  

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