Memorial Day observances slated around county


(Posted May 16, 2018)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Memorial Day services in Madison County are as follows:

Range Township

Range Township will hold Memorial Day services at 2:30 p.m. May 27 at Range Township Cemetery. Rev. Gordon Ell of Sedalia Church of Christ in Christian Union is the guest speaker. The Madison-Plains High School marching band will perform. Readings and vocal performances also are planned.


London’s United Veterans Organization will host Memorial Day services May 27-28. The organization includes Amvets Chapter 19, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 93, American Legion Post 105 and Vietnam Veterans Chapter 746.

On May 27, services are set for 1 p.m. at Paint Township Cemetery, 2:15 p.m. at Deercreek-Lafayette Cemetery, and 2:45 p.m. at Summerford Cemetery.

On May 28, veterans and members of the London High School band will assemble at 10 a.m. at the entrance of Oak Hill Cemetery. The ceremony will start at 10:15 at the statue.

A second program will take place at 11 a.m. May 28 at the veterans monument outside the Madison County Courthouse. Susan Thompson, superintendent of the Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities and a member of the American Legion Post 201 Auxiliary, will be the guest speaker. Afterward, the group will assemble at Kirkwood Cemetery for the final memorial tribute.

After all of the ceremonies are complete, veterans, their families and guests are invited to an open house at American Legion Post 105, 51 E. First St. Refreshments will be served. Vietnam Veterans Chapter 746 is sponsoring the open house.

Plain City

Plain City Veterans of Foreign Wars Darby Post 3268 and Plain City American Legion Post 248 and the auxiliaries will hold a memorial celebration on May 28. The event begins with a parade forming from 8 to 8:30 a.m. at the old Plain City Elementary School 340 West Main St.

Anyone interested in participating in the parade is asked to decorate accordingly and be ready to leave the school by 9. The parade will proceed east on Main Street then south on Chillicothe Street to Forest Grove Cemetery.

For more information, contact Kristina Wright at

South Solon

The South Solon Community Organiza-tion will hold a Memorial Day parade at 2 p.m. May 28. The Springfield Detachment of the Marine Corps League will lead the parade, followed by the Madison-Plains High School marching band.

The parade will progress from Community Park to South Solon Cemetery, where a short ceremony will take place. After recognition of veteran Bill Dillard as grand marshal, Rev. Jack Davis of London Church of the Nazarene will speak. Additionally, an Abraham Lincoln impersonator will march in the parade and speak at the ceremony. The Marines will conclude the ceremony with a 21-gun salute and the playing of “Taps.”

Mount Sterling

Members of Mount Sterling American Legion Post 417 will place flags on veterans’ graves at Pleasant Cemetery at 6 p.m. May 24. The public is invited to help.

A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. May 28 at the cemetery. Members who wish to participate are asked to assemble at the cemetery at 9:30. The Madison-Plains High School band will perform. A second short service will immediately follow at Mount Sterling First United Methodist Church. Pastor Jay Moyers will speak.

West Jefferson

West Jefferson American Legion Post 201 will host a breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. May 28 for veterans, Madison County fire and law enforcement personnel, and West Jefferson village workers and police. The post is located at 9701 W. Broad St.

At 10 a.m., a service will take place at Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, 9350 High Free Pike, West Jefferson. Then at noon, a ceremony is scheduled at Pleasant Hill Cemetery where Stanley A. Pleasant, commander of the American Legion Department of Ohio, will serve as guest speaker.

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