Young-Budd Post 171 of the American Legion will mark Memorial Day, May 30, with a service at Otterbein Cemetery and a parade along State Street.

Young-Budd Post 171 of the American Legion will mark Memorial Day, May 30, with a service at Otterbein Cemetery and a parade along State Street.

The parade, which will include the Westerville South High School marching band and other community organizations and groups, will begin at 9:45 a.m. at South State Street and College Avenue.

The parade will travel south on State Street, east on Bishop Drive and north on Knox Street to Otterbein Cemetery.

There will be a marching salute when the procession passes the Veterans Memorial Plaque at Heritage Green Park in front of Westerville City Hall, and the procession will stop at the Veterans Memorial in front of the former National Guard Armory on South State Street to place a wreath.

At Otterbein Cemetery, there will be a memorial service at 10:15 a.m.

The service will include the reading of the names of Post 171 members who have died during the past year, speakers, a 21-gun salute and the playing of "Taps."

Speakers for this year's services are Ohio Department of Veterans Services assistant director Jason Dominguez, a combat veteran of Iraq who serves with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion 35th Marines.

The legion encourages veterans from Westerville and surrounding communities to join their ranks during the parade and march to the cemetery. Veterans who are unable to march are encouraged to join the legion at Otterbein Cemetery.

Following the service at Otterbein Cemetery, the legion's Color Guard and Honor Squad will participate in a ceremony at the Blendon Township Central Cemetery, 6330 S. Hempstead Road, at 11 a.m.

The Blendon Township ceremony will include remarks from master of ceremonies Jan Heichel, Blendon Township trustee; an invocation by fiscal officer Wade Estep and a guest speaker, U.S. Army Sgt. Major Randy Martyn.

There will also be a wreath presentation by the township trustees. A salute to veterans will follow, which will include the playing of "Taps," followed by a benediction by Liz Ward, wife of the late Jerry Ward, Blendon Township trustee.

Immediately following the ceremony, there will be a historical cemetery walk led by Beth Weinhardt of the Westerville Historical Society.

A community picnic will follow the walk.

After the Blendon Township ceremony, members of the Young-Budd Post will perform brief memorial ceremonies at Pioneer Cemetery and Northlawn Cemetery.

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