Rocky Fork Enterprise

Memorial Day observance slated

The Gahanna Veterans Memorial Committee will host a Memorial Day observance starting at 1 p.m. Monday, May 31, at Gahanna Veterans Memorial Park.

This is the 100th anniversary of the first military flight and the 10th anniversary of the committee's work, committee member Bob Fickle said. Residents formed the committee 10 years ago to manage the growth of the Gahanna Veterans Memorial Park and to coordinate two annual programs held in the park on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

Fickle said the celebration would begin with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 4749 and the American Legion Post 797 presenting colors. Joe Hebdo will sing the national anthem, and Kari Schmidt of the Gahanna United Methodist Church will give the invocation.

The committee will dedicate 64 new bricks in the memorial that day, Fickle said. Bricks are dedicated to those currently serving in the military and to those who have an honorable discharge from one of the Armed Forces of the United States. There is no requirement for service in a foreign country.

Currently, the memorial holds bricks honoring veterans of the Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I and II, and those who served in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Iraq. The memorial has space to hold 20,000 bricks total.

Gahanna City Council President and local veteran Tom Kneeland will be the master of ceremonies on Memorial Day. Matt McGregor, a warrant officer in the Ohio Army National Guard who also teaches English at the high school, will be the featured speaker.

Kyle Granville, a 2009 Gahanna graduate who is a sophomore at Capital University, and Todd Fessler, a 2009 Grove City graduate who is at the Ohio State University and is part of the OSU marching band, will perform taps.

Nicholas Bosca, a 10-year-old High Point Elementary School student, and his teacher, Joe Thomas, a Marine veteran, will play "Amazing Grace" on bagpipes.

— Lori Wince