Memorial Day services around Madison County

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Jack Cunningham, a member of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 746, places American flags on veterans’ graves in St. Patrick Cemetery in London. Members of London’s United Veterans Organization, which includes the VVA, Amvets Chapter 19, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 93 and American Legion Post 105, also placed flags at Deercreek, Kirkwood, Oak Hill and Summerford cemeteries. Madison County’s Veterans Services supplied the flags. Cunningham is a Veterans Services commissioner.

(Posted May 16, 2019)

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 26 at Range Township Cemetery. Rev. John Crutchfield is the guest speaker. The Madison-Plains High School marching band will perform. Readings and vocal performances also are planned.

London

London’s United Veterans Organization will host Memorial Day services May 26-27. The organization includes Amvets Chapter 19, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 93, American Legion Post 105 and Vietnam Veterans Chapter 746.

On May 26, 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 27, 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 27 at the veterans monument outside the Madison County Courthouse. Marshall Geib, a United States Navy veteran and London resident, 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. The American Legion is sponsoring the open house.

Plain City

Plain City Veterans of Foreign Wars Darby Post 3268 and Plain City American Legion Post 248 and their auxiliaries will hold a memorial observance on May 27. The event begins with a parade forming at 8:15 a.m. at DNA (the old Plain City Elementary School), 340 W. 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. A ceremony will take place at the cemetery following the parade at approximately 10 a.m.

For more information about participating in the parade, contact Kristina Wright at (614) 949-4845 or kvanwin97@yahoo.com.

South Solon

The South Solon Community Organization is hosting a Memorial Day parade at 2 p.m. May 27.

The Springfield Detachment of the Marine Corps League will lead the parade, followed by the Madison-Plains Marching Band led by director Renee Hostetler.

The parade will proceed from South Solon Community Park to South Solon Cemetery where a short ceremony will take place.

Mayor Joseph Haney will make a presentation to the parade grand marshals, Mary and David Karkan, who are U.S. Navy veterans and South Solon residents. Aaron White, pastor of South Charleston Presbyterian Church, will speak. The Marines will perform a 21-gun salute and “Taps.”

West Jefferson

West Jefferson American Legion Post 201 will host a breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. May 27 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 Lt. Col. Mitch Gargac of the Army National Guard will serve as guest speaker.

Members of Legion Post 201 thanks Cub Scout Pack 121 for helping to put United States flags on graves in Pleasant Hill Cemetery on May 11.

Mount Sterling

Members of Mount Sterling American Legion Post 417 will place flags on veterans’ graves at Pleasant Cemetery on Cemetery Road at 6 p.m. May 23. The public is invited to help.

A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. May 27 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.

Street Dedication

Brothers James and Max Timmons, residents of Mount Sterling, were World War II veterans. James was an Army Ranger, serving in the Pacific campaign, fighting in the Philippines and Okinawa, and was awarded two Bronze Stars. Max enlisted in the Marine Corps, also serving in the Pacific, and was awarded the Navy Cross for gallantry in action on Saipan. On May 27, Memorial Day, a street in Mount Sterling will be renamed Timmons Way in honor of both men. A short dedication service will be held at the town gazebo at 1:30 p.m.

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