Area to observe Memorial Day


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Members of the VFW/American Legion/DAV Rifle Squad fire a salute at last year’s Memorial Day observance in Wauseon in honor of veterans who lost their lives in service to their country.


The following Fulton County communities provided information on Memorial Day events:

In Wauseon, American Legion Post 265, VFW Post #7424, and Disabled American Veterans #78 will join forces with other marching units for a parade from City Hall at 230 Clinton St. to Wauseon Union Cemetery, where a Memorial Day service will be held.

Events chairman James Barber said citizens and organizations are welcome to march or ride in the parade, and colored bicycles, historic or antique cars, and displays of patriotism are encouraged. The parade will assemble on Clinton Street on Monday, May 29, at about 9 a.m., and begin at 9:30 a.m. It will be led by the Wauseon Police Department, followed by the Wauseon Fire Department.

Barber said vehicles will be available for veterans wanting to ride to Wauseon Union Cemetery.

The ceremony at the cemetery will feature Sgt. Paul Cowdrey of the Ohio Air National Guard 180th Fighter Wing speaking on “Patriotism for Today.” It will begin with Posting of the Colors, followed by “The Star Spangled Banner,” the Pledge of Allegiance, and an invocation.

The American Legion post will present Americanism medals to six selected high school students, and veterans in attendance will be recognized for their service.

Recitations of “In Flanders Fields” and the Gettysburg Address will be delivered by Wauseon High School seniors Aaron Spiess and Julie Kahrs. The high school marching band and choral will perform.

In case of rain, the ceremony will be held 10 a.m. in the high school auditorium, 840 Parkview St.

An early-riser pancake breakfast will be held 8-9 p.m. at Brethren of Masonic Lodge #349, 205 W. Elm St. Proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Delta American Legion will host a Memorial Day parade, which forms at Wood and Main streets at 9:15 a.m. and begins at 9:30 a.m. It will travel to Greenlawn Cemetery, where a program starts at 10 a.m.

A Delta native, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Williams, who logged 270 hours of combat time in Vietnam, then later flew the Stealth fighter, will be the featured speaker. The ceremony will include an invocation, the Pledge of Allegiance, laying of the wreaths, honoring the veterans, music by the Delta High School Marching Band, and a three-round volley followed by “Taps.”

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In Swanton, American Legion Post 479 will hold its traditional Memorial Day parade at 10 a.m., Lt. Col. Pilfer will act as grand marshal, and Poppy Queen Gracie Anderson will be featured.

The parade ends at Memorial Park, where a ceremony immediately follows with Pilfer speaking on supporting military troops. Other speakers will include Swanton Mayor Ann Roth.

A free lunch will be held 12:30 p.m. at the American Legion post at 200 Hallett Ave. The public is invited.

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Lyons VFW Post 7574 will hold a parade at 1 p.m., starting at State Bank and Trust on Morenci Street and traveling to Lyons Cemetery. A tribute to veterans will begin at the cemetery at 1:30 p.m. including a flag-folding presentation, a three-round volley followed by “Taps,” and music by the Evergreen High School Band.

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The Pike X-L 4-H club will continue a tradition began with the Fulton County Opportunity School. The gravesites of veterans at Winameg Cemetery will be honored for their service with a luminary. The luminaries will be placed on Thursday and remain in place through Memorial Day.

The Memorial Day Service will be held around 11 a.m. at the Aetna (Winameg) Cemetery. This memorial service is presented by the 4-H members with the assistance of the Delta High School Band, the Delta American Legion, and support from the Pike Township Trustees.

You are encouraged to take an evening drive between County Roads L and M on 10-2 to see this special honor.

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Archbold American Legion B.L.W. Post 311 hold a Memorial Day service at the Archbold K of C. Major General Jeff Kruse will be the guest speaker for the program that begins at 9:30 a.m.

Afterwards, Boy Scout Troop 63 will host a pancake and sausage breakfast.

Members of the VFW/American Legion/DAV Rifle Squad fire a salute at last year’s Memorial Day observance in Wauseon in honor of veterans who lost their lives in service to their country.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2017/05/web1_rifle-volley.jpgMembers of the VFW/American Legion/DAV Rifle Squad fire a salute at last year’s Memorial Day observance in Wauseon in honor of veterans who lost their lives in service to their country.

Staff report