|Communities to observe Memorial Day|
|Wednesday, May 21, 2014 10:18 AM|
From Staff Reports
Memorial Day activities in honor of deceased veterans will be held around the county on Monday, May 26.
The public is encouraged to share in these Memorial Day activities. Please, take a few minutes from busy holiday weekend schedules to recognize those men and women of the armed forces who were killed during times of war.
Memorial Day is a sacred day to all war veterans. America’s collective consciousness demands that all citizens be reminded of the deaths of their fellow countrymen during wartime. By honoring the nation’s war dead, their memory is preserved and thus their service and sacrifice. All U.S. flags should be displayed at half-staff during the morning hours. At noon, they should be raised back to full-staff.
ANTWERP – The Antwerp VFW and American Legion will hold joint Memorial Day services. There will be a parade at 10 a.m. It will line up at 9:30 a.m. at the VFW on Railroad Street. Services will be held at Riverside Cemetery. Guest speaker will be Jonathan Lichty from the Paulding County Veteran’s Service office. Afterward, lunch will be served at the VFW.
CECIL – Memorial Day services will be held at Rochester Cemetery, Cecil, at 9 a.m. Monday. The color guard of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 587 of Paulding will conduct the service.
GROVER HILL – Observance of Memorial Day in the Grover Hill area is being planned by the members of Grover Hill Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2873. The day will start with a pancake and sausage breakfast from 7-10 a.m. at the post hall on South Main Street, hosted by Boy Scout Troop 64. A free will donation will be accepted and take-outs will be available.
At 11 a.m., memorial services will be conducted by the VFW Post at the veterans’ memorial at Middle Creek Cemetery, located one mile southeast of Grover Hill. Rev. Mike Waldron of Zion UMC will speak. The Wayne Trace Band will be providing music for the program.
The public is invited to attend both events. Please join in as honor is paid to the nation’s fallen veterans and the service they have provided to the citizens of the community and nation.
OAKWOOD – This will be the 38th year for Oakwood’s Memorial Day activities. Memorial Day services will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at Oakwood Elementary School. The third graders will present the program, which is titled “A Military Salute.” The students honor each war that has been fought and also each branch of the military.
They will parade to the park where a short service will be held and “Taps” will be played. Following an American Legion 21-gun salute, there will be an arch of flags to the river where those present will drop flowers into the river in honor of the veterans.
The public is welcome to participate. Refreshments will be served at the park following the ceremonies.
PAULDING – Memorial Day services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #587 will conduct the service. Following the ceremony, hot dogs, chips and pop will be served at Post 587.
PAYNE – The annual Memorial Day events will be hosted by American Legion Post 297. A parade begins at 9:30 a.m. that will line up at the Divine Mercy Catholic Church and march to the Payne American Legion. At 10 a.m., a memorial service will be held at Wiltsie Cemetery. Speaker will be Father John Stites. Wayne Trace High School Band will participate.
A noon lunch will be served to veterans and their families. Bring a covered dish and place settings; meat will be provided by the post.
U.S. veterans fought for the rights and liberties Americans enjoy each day. Memorial Day gives citizens an opportunity to show appreciation for their sacrifices (some giving the ultimate sacrifice) by taking time from the holiday weekend to pay special tribute.