Marysville residents will gather at Oakdale Cemetery on May 30 to commemorate a special Memorial Day, one that falls on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War's beginning.

Marysville residents will gather at Oakdale Cemetery on May 30 to commemorate a special Memorial Day, one that falls on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War's beginning.

Memorial Day events will begin at 9 a.m. at the North Main Street bridge in Marysville to honor the dead lost at sea. First English Lutheran Church pastor, the Rev. Paul Schultz, will serve as chaplain, and the Navy hymn, "Eternal Father, Strong to Save," will be played by Elizabeth Ward and Scott Underwood.

The Memorial Day parade will start to form at 8:30 a.m. at Plum and Fifth streets and begin at 9:30. The parade will proceed up Fifth Street to Oakdale Cemetery, 1290 W. Fifth St. In case of inclement weather, the route will go to the Veterans Memorial Auditorium on Sixth Street, where the ceremony will be conducted.

Marysville Police Chief Floyd Golden will serve as parade grand marshal, with the Marysville High School band providing music along the route and at the cemetery. Flags will be distributed to children ahead of the route; the parade will not include any candy-throwing or advertising.

At 10 a.m., ceremonies will begin at Oakdale Cemetery. The Marysville Middle School band will perform a pre-ceremony concert at 9:30 a.m., and the combined bands will play during the ceremony.

Guests to be honored include former prisoners of war, relatives of Civil War veterans, Korea veterans, Gulf War and Afghanistan and Iraq veterans and military families. Schultz also will serve as chaplain for this program, with Golden serving as guest speaker.

Marysville High School junior Ashley Weiss will present Gen. John A. Logan's Memorial Day Orders, and MHS senior Carol Keck will present President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

To honor the veterans of the major wars in which the United States military has been involved, 13 wreaths will be presented during the ceremony. The Veterans of Foreign Wars-sponsored honor guard will provide military honors.

The ceremony will conclude with a performance of "God Bless America," by Nacrina Alvarez deBlanco.

A short service will be conducted at the Catholic Cemetery, following the Oakdale ceremony, conducted by VFW Post 3320, along with a service at Amrine Cemetery (at the end of Township Road 143 in Paris Township), conducted by American Legion Post 79. Veterans Service Commission member Bob Jordan will raise the flag to full staff at the Veterans Memorial Plaza, followed by a ceremony at VFW Post 3320, 15237 Industrial Parkway, Marysville.

The Marysville Memorial Day ceremonies will be conducted by representatives of American Legion Post 79, VFW Post 3320, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 55, American Veterans Post 28, Blue Star Mothers Chapters 41 and 22, Hanna Emerson Dustin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the American Legion Post 79 and VFW Post Ladies Auxiliaries.