Prairie Township residents are invited to attend Memorial Day services at two of the township cemeteries.

Prairie Township residents are invited to attend Memorial Day services at two of the township cemeteries.

The first ceremony is slated to take place at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Galloway Cemetery, on Galloway Road south of the railroad tracks. The service will be conducted by Grove City Memorial Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 8198.

VFW and American Legion member John Carbol said the event at Galloway Cemetery attracts a nice-sized crowd. He begins the ceremony by talking about the origins of Memorial Day, which can be traced back to the Civil War, he said.

Veterans of all wars are remembered with the placement of flowers at the cemetery's flag pole, he said. An honor guard of seven will fire three rounds and then "Taps" is played.

The entire ceremony lasts about a half-hour, Carbol said.

"I want residents to understand the history of Memorial Day and why it started and why we are honoring our military dead," he said. "It's also a nice time for the families to come out to the cemetery and pay their respects to their families."

A similar service is set for 11:30 a.m. at Alton Cemetery, located on Alton Darby Road north of West Broad Street south of the railroad tracks. The service will be conducted by Camp Chase Post 98 of the American Legion, VFW Post 6065 and Amvets Post 1928.

Flags will be placed on all the veterans graves at both events.

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