Grove City residents gathered Monday to pay tribute to their fallen heroes.

Grove City residents gathered Monday to pay tribute to their fallen heroes.

The Grove City Memorial Day Parade and Services were presented by American Legion Paschall Post 164 and Veterans of Foreign War Post 8198 on Monday, May 25.

The grand marshal of the parade was Howard Bentley, who served in World War II on Okinawa. During the services that followed the parade at Grove City Cemetery, Bentley placed a poppy on the veterans memorial.

"The poppy has become the remembrance flower," said Legion Post 164 Cmdr. Jeff Shipley. "It has become the symbol of remembrance for all who have fallen on the battlefield."

Memorial Day 2015 marks several important milestones, Shipley said, including the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War.

"Unfortunately, we cannot say this is the end of the War on Terror," said Grove City Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage.

During the services, Stage read the names of the Grove City service members who have died since Sept. 11: Lance Cpl. Eric J. Bernholtz, Sgt. Jesse M. Balthaser, Army Master Sgt. Shawn T. Hannon, Sgt. Joseph A. Capocciama and most recently, Spc. Joseph "Joey" Riley.

Stage also listed the names of the Grove City service members who fell in the Vietnam War: 1st Lt. Robert Lee Grooms, Chief Warrant Officer Richard Holycross, Petty Officer Third Class Gregory J. Asbeck and Cpl. Terry Webb.

"It is said time will heal," he said. "Let's pray time and faith will let us heal."

Other speakers at the Memorial Day service included U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Upper Arlington) and state Rep. Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City).

"One day is not enough to remember those brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice," Grossman said. "To every fallen hero, I share my thanks for the sacrifice that allows us to be here today."

While Monday's service honored veterans, a new project aims to pay tribute to the families of fallen service members.

"There's a lot of monuments for the veterans," said John Darnell. "There's not a lot for the families."

Darnell, along with fellow Grove City police officer Chris White, is co-chairman of the Grove City Gold Star Families Memorial Monument committee.

Darnell, who served with the Marines in the first Gulf War, said the committee is looking to build the monument in the Town Center at the intersection of Broadway and Columbus Street, across the street from the planned new Grove City Library.

When Columbus Street is realigned with Mill Street as part of the library project, it will open some green space for the monument.

"It will be highly visible," Darnell said. "The memorial will always recognize those families who lost someone."

The project is affiliated with the Hershel "Woody" Williams Medal of Honor Foundation.

Williams, a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor for his service at Iwo Jima in World War II, visited the city earlier this year and said his goal was to have memorials around the country dedicated to Gold Star families.

"(Williams) could not find one monument to the families of those who lost someone," Darnell said. "You see the families and you feel their pain."

Darnell said the group is raising money to not only build the monument but also maintain it.

"Now we need the help of this community," Darnell said. "Any and all help is greatly appreciated."

For more information about the Grove City Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, email grovecitygoldstarfamilies@gmail.com.