Gahanna-area residents have many opportunities on Memorial Day to offer "A Salute to Those Who Paid the Price of Freedom," the theme of programs sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Tri-Community Post 4719, American Legion Post 797 and Ladies Auxiliary Unit 797 of Gahanna, and Knights of Columbus Council 10941 of New Albany.

Gahanna-area residents have many opportunities on Memorial Day to offer "A Salute to Those Who Paid the Price of Freedom," the theme of programs sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Tri-Community Post 4719, American Legion Post 797 and Ladies Auxiliary Unit 797 of Gahanna, and Knights of Columbus Council 10941 of New Albany.

Jack Steinhausser, Memorial chairman, said remembrance services would be held at each cemetery stop, where a rifle salute and the playing of "Taps" will be conducted to honor all fallen heroes.

Post 797 Cmdr. Malcolm Glasgow said the day would start with memorial services at 9 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery on Sunbury Road.

The program includes a memorial march, prayer from Legion Chaplain Rusty Lundy and the pledge of allegiance.

Next, a memorial march will begin at 9:45 a.m. at Maplewood Cemetery in New Albany, with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Knights of Columbus conducting services.

An invocation will be offered by Deacon Robert Killoren, of New Albany's Church of the Resurrection. The New Albany High School band, directed by Darren Falk, will play "America the Beautiful," and Deacon Killoren will provide a Memorial Day address.

Services will follow at Blacklick's Jefferson Cemetery at 10:45 a.m., when an invocation will be provided by the Rev. David Allison of Havens Corners Church.

Gahanna Lincoln High School's band, directed by Rob Cebriak, will perform "America the Beautiful," followed by a Memorial Day address by Allison.

An assembly on the Creekside bridge will follow Blacklick's service beginning at 11:30 a.m., with the VFW and American Legion.

Tri-Community Post Cmdr. Jeff Szabo will conduct a wreath ceremony. "We lay a wreath on the water for our comrades who died at sea," Steinhausser said. "It's to give recognition to them that they will never be forgotten, as well as those veterans buried in cemeteries around the world."

The laying of the wreath will be followed by a prayer from Lundy.

Gahanna Lincoln's band will play "America the Beautiful," followed by a march to Mifflin Cemetery.

Gahanna Mayor Becky Stinchcomb will begin ceremonies in Mifflin, followed by Tri-Post Community Chaplain Jim Thompson with an invocation.

Gahanna Lincoln's band will perform, and the Rev. Andrew Hoover, of East Columbus Christian Church, will offer the Memorial Day address.

Memorial Day services will conclude with the Gahanna veterans memorial committee hosting a Memorial Day observance at 1 p.m. in Gahanna Veterans Memorial Park, 75 W. Johnstown Road.

The ceremony will include a dedication of memorial bricks and participation by VFW Post 4719 and American Legion Post 797 (see related story).

World War II veterans are invited to a special brunch following the Memorial Day services at the VFW Post, 75 W. Johnstown Road, beginning at 3 p.m.

"We ask any WWII vet of Gahanna to join us for a little session at the post," Steinhausser said. "It will be a brunch and get-together. It's just something special we might do for other vets, starting with WWII this year."

Veterans who plan to attend should call Jerry Kerr (614) 475-9111.