Olentangy Valley News

Powell salutes locals lost to war

Memorial Day parade, ceremony slated Monday


Powell residents will honor fallen soldiers during the city's 2013 Memorial Day parade and ceremony.

The parade steps off at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27, with a brief ceremony to follow at the Powell Veterans Memorial in Village Green Park, 47 Hall St.

The parade will start on Grace Drive, turn south on Liberty Street, then turn west onto Olentangy Street before coming to a stop near the railroad tracks.

Each year, local veterans ride along in Corvettes provided by members of a local Corvette club.

About 30 veterans have signed up to participate so far, including a 92-year-old World War II prisoner of war, as well as a veteran who was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in the Battle of the Bulge during WWII.

Parade organizers still are looking for additional veterans and other military personnel to be a part of the parade. Interested residents should call Powell police clerk Patti Mills at 614-396-3354.

More than 50 floats and vehicles will be part of the parade this year, plus motorcycles and groups on foot.

Local politicians and leaders of churches and service groups also will participate in the parade.

A 25-minute ceremony will follow at the veterans memorial featuring a presentation of colors, a performance by the Olentangy Liberty High School marching band, and the dedication of two bricks bearing the names of local combat veterans.

Boy Scout Troop 428 will coordinate a flag retirement as part of the ceremony, which likely will wrap up around noon.

Mills said organizers are hoping for sunshine and a big crowd.

"It's always great to see all the families out to honor our veterans," she said.