American Legion, VFW events set for May 24 and 27
Memorial Day will be marked in Reynoldsburg by events on two different days.
American Legion Post 798 has planned activities Friday, May 24, including a poppy sale by Post 798 veterans, a flag-raising ceremony and the installation of a new veterans' memorial.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9473 will conduct ceremonies at several cemeteries on Monday, May 27.
Post 798 Commander Timothy Dunn said the annual poppy sale will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 24 near the Kroger parking lot on East Main Street, next to Aaron's Furniture Rental. All funds generated by the sale of the poppies will be used by the Post to support Reynoldsburg veterans and their families, and with community activities, he said.
"We use the funds to help deployed veterans' families and to help veterans in need," Dunn said. "We also use them for toys for kids through the Truro Township fund each year, support Reynoldsburg Helping Hands Food Pantry and pay to send girls and boys to Boys State each year."
At 5 p.m. May 24, a Memorial Day ceremony will begin at Silent Home Cemetery, 1576 Lancaster Ave.
"It will involve the retiring of the old colors on the flagpole and the raising of the new flag," Dunn said.
He said Reynoldsburg Mayor Brad McCloud will be on hand for the ceremony, along with possibly Truro Township trustees, Reynoldsburg City Council members and several American Legion veterans.
"We have been having the Memorial Day ceremony at Silent Home for about six years now," Dunn said. "We put up a new flag every Memorial Day and put flags on all the veterans' headstones."
He said Boy Scout Troop 777 will assist in placing American flags next to all veterans' headstones at Silent Home.
"Any volunteers are welcome to assist," he said.
The Post also will dedicate a new, permanent memorial made of granite.
"The memorial will be placed between the flagpole and the memorial for unknown soldiers," Dunn said. "It will have insignia carved on it for all branches of the military."
He said the memorial is being provided by the American Legion Post and the Truro Township trustees, "in honor of all the veterans resting at Silent Home."
The honor guard and color guard from Reynoldsburg VFW Post 9473 will conduct memorial services at 9:30 a.m. May 27 at Silent Home Cemetery, 1576 Lancaster Ave.; 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery, 11539 National Road SW; 11:15 a.m. at Cedar Cemetery behind Heritage Lounge off state Route 256; noon at the VFW post, 1420 S. Waggoner Road; and 1:30 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 5600 E. Broad St.