"Honor, Respect and Remember America's Warriors" is the theme of Memorial Day services set for 1 p.m. Monday, May 30, at Gahanna Veterans Memorial Park, 75 W. Johnstown Road.

"Honor, Respect and Remember America's Warriors" is the theme of Memorial Day services set for 1 p.m. Monday, May 30, at Gahanna Veterans Memorial Park, 75 W. Johnstown Road.

Bob Fickle, memorial committee member, said 24 bricks would be dedicated to memorialize loved ones.

The ceremony will begin with a welcome from Mayor Becky Stinchcomb, followed by a presentation of colors from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4719 and the American Legion Post 797.

Stefanie French, of Ohio State University, will sing the national anthem, followed by the pledge of allegiance from Boy Scout Troop 781 of Gahanna.

An invocation will be provided by Herb Docken, Gahanna Lions Club chaplain.

Stinchcomb will present the dedication of bricks, followed by a moment of silence.

A memorial wreath will be placed by SPC4 R. Duane Fickle II, who served in the U.S. Army.

Retired Army Staff Sgt. Joe Gross will provide the main Memorial Day address.

Gross lost the lower part of his right leg after a suicide bomber struck in Iraq five years ago.

He applied his own tourniquet and returned fire to protect the comrades who pulled him to safety, earning the Bronze Star. He has since become an advocate for those who have experienced life-altering injuries during combat.

After arriving at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, a member of the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) visited Gross, and it was then that he realized he could live a full life despite the loss of a limb.

Gross is the Ohio and Michigan coordinator of the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization formed to honor and empower wounded warriors.

He talks to vets who have sustained serious injuries and puts them in touch with staff of WWP to help them through the aftermath, from emotional support and peer mentoring to benefits counseling and rehabilitation.

Following Gross' address, Docken will lead the benediction, and a 21-Gun Salute will be given by the VFW and American Legion.

Capital University music majors Kyle Granville and Tristan Conover will play "Taps", followed by High Point Elementary School fifth-grader Nicholas Bosco' performance of "Amazing Grace."

Stinchcomb will conclude the services.

Over the past decade, the veterans memorial committee has dedicated more than 3,000 pavers that have been purchased to honor loved ones who have served in various wars.