Pickerington Times-Sun

Legion plans Memorial Day observance


Pickerington American Legion Post 283 will pay tribute to America's fallen heroes on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26.

The day of remembrance will commence at 9 a.m. with a ceremony in Violet Cemetery at 9 a.m. led by the Post 283 Honor Guard.

"When we complete that ceremony at 9:30 a.m. we will then march down to Victory Park (in Pickerington) where we do a ceremony there," said David England of Post 283.

At 10:30 a.m., the Honor Guard, Legion members and the general public will convene at Glen Rest Cemetery in Reynoldsburg to honor three fallen heroes.

Cpl. David A. Johnston, Post 283's namesake and a graduate of Pickerington High School, was killed in action in Vietnam in March 1969.

Johnston was a member of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Division.

Cpl. Dustin Derga, Lima Co., 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Division, was killed in action in Ubaydi, Iraq. Derga was also a Pickerington High School graduate.

Also honored will be Pfc. Terry Parsons.

Pickerington Post 283, 7725 Refugee Road, will host its own 1 p.m. ceremony at Post headquarters.

"It will last for about 40 minutes," England said.

"We have a speaker, Capt. Ed Browder, he's a member of Mike Company, 3/5 Marines and a Vietnam combat veteran," England said.

After the Post's ceremony there will be a free luncheon with hamburgers, chips and beverages served, England said.

The general public is invited and encouraged to attend all of the Memorial Day events, he said.