Local veterans will "remember the fallen" in Memorial Day events planned in Reynoldsburg and Truro Township.
American Legion Post 798 will hold a poppy sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 23, in the parking lot at Kroger, 6292 E. Main St., in the Reynoldsburg Shopping Center.
Post Commander Tim Dunn said members of Post 798 and Boy Scout Troop 277 also will sell flags and magnets.
"The sale is to benefit the families of deployed military," he said.
Money raised from the sales will also benefit the American Legion's Buckeye Boys State program and the Truro Township Fire Department toy drive for children.
The event also will serve as a food drive for the Reynoldsburg Helping Hands food pantry.
The American Legion will conduct a "changing of the colors" ceremony at 5 p.m. Friday at Silent Home Cemetery, 1576 Lancaster Ave.
"We will lower the existing colors and raise a new flag," Dunn said. "At the completion of the ceremony, members of the Post and the scouts will place flags on veterans' headstones.
"Any volunteers for placing those flags would be welcome," he said.
Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Capital City Chapter 3 will conduct its Memorial Day service at 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 26, in front of the main flagpole at Glen Rest Cemetery, 8029 E. Main St.
Also Monday, May 26, Reynoldsburg Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9473 will conduct ceremonies at four area cemeteries and at the Post, 1420 S. Waggoner Road.
"It's a busy day for us," Service Officer Mike Moehl said. "We will have the color guard, the ladies auxiliary and the men's auxiliary participating."
The ceremonies will take place at 9 a.m. at Silent Home Cemetery, 1576 Lancaster Ave; 10 a.m. at Seceder Cemetery, 2001 Creekview, behind Heritage Lounge at 2087 state Route 256; and at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery, 11539 National Road SW.
"Then we will go back to the Post at noon for that ceremony," Moehl said. "It will include Taps and a gun salute. We will also have some veterans speaking.
"We'd like to invite people to come to the Post and see what we're about," he said. "We are always looking for new members, especially younger members."
The last ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. Monday, May 26, at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 5600 E. Broad St.