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Memorial Day observances

Gahanna to mark Arlington cemetery's sesquicentennial

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Gahanna will recognize the 150th anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery during Memorial Day services scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, May 26, in Gahanna Veterans Memorial Park, 75 W. Johnstown Road.

Bob Fickle, spokesman for the Gahanna Veterans Memorial Committee, said the theme for the service is "Honor the Tradition, Remember the Sacrifice, Explore the History" in connection with the 150th anniversary of the Arlington National Cemetery.

More than 400,000 American servicemen and women are buried at Arlington National Cemetery, but thousands more never came home and are buried in places all around the world, said Becky Kneeland, a member of the memorial committee.

The Memorial Day address will feature Ed Wheeler, U.S. Army veteran and Gahanna police officer.

Wheeler served in the Army from 1962 to 1968. He worked in the private business sector for most of his life and graduated from the Columbus Police Academy in 1988.

He is state-certified peace officer and has been with the Gahanna Police Department for 15 years.

Wheeler is a member of Whitehall Masonic Lodge 761 and the Columbus Shrine Club.

Candice Lee, a local news anchor, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Lee anchors the weekend editions of NBC4 at 6 and 11 p.m., and she's a weekday reporter.

She joined NBC4 in March 2007 after spending more than nine years at WDEF-TV in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Lee also spent seven years with the U.S. Navy as a Navy journalist and public-relations specialist.

She will lead the dedication of 31 new memorial bricks, which honor those who have served in the military. The bricks are annually dedicated on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

Other Memorial Day activities include the presentation of colors and 21-gun salute, by Veterans of Foreign Wars Tri-Community Post 4719 and American Legion Post 797; the national anthem, by Terri and Chad Kegelmeyer; invocation and benediction, by chaplain Herb Docken of the Gahanna Lions Club; playing of taps, by Kyle Granville; and Amazing Grace, by John McCullough, of Capital City Pipes and Drums.

Fickle said the Gahanna Veterans Memorial Committee still is collecting stories about people who are honored with a memorial brick. He said a relative might know a story about when the honoree was in the service.

The stories eventually might be compiled for a book.

Submissions may be dropped off in the lobby of City Hall, the Parks and Recreation office or online at gahannavets.org, Fickle said.

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