Westerville and Blendon Township have a lineup of Memorial Day weekend events designed to honor veterans and heroes.

Westerville and Blendon Township have a lineup of Memorial Day weekend events designed to honor veterans and heroes.

Westerville's annual Memorial Day parade, organized by American Legion Post 171 and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7883, will begin at 9:45 a.m. Monday, May 28, at the corner of State Street and College Avenue.

The parade will include military veterans, including members of both the American Legion and VFW, and color guard from the city's police and fire divisions.

Those who have served in the U.S. armed forces are invited to march with Legion and VFW members. They may wear their military uniforms or other appropriate attire.

Westerville Central High School's marching band, directed by Jason Jackson, will perform patriotic tunes.

Westerville police squad cars will lead the parade south on State Street to Bishop Drive, west to Knox Street and north to Otterbein Cemetery. The parade will pause at the old National Guard Armory on State Street, where a wreath will be placed at the memorial to fallen soldiers.

At Otterbein Cemetery, where the parade is expected to arrive about 10:15 a.m., there will be a rifle volley by the American Legion's honor guard, and Taps will be played by members of the high school band to honor the war dead.

U.S. Navy Cmdr. John Sterba, a Westerville South High School alumnus who has returned to central Ohio to serve as commander of the Naval Operational Support Center in Columbus, will be the speaker at the memorial ceremony.

Blendon Township will have its annual Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. Monday at the township cemetery, 6350 S. Hempstead Road.

Musical group Inner Vision will begin performing patriotic songs as people gather, starting at 10:30 a.m.

The service will include the presentation of colors by American Legion Post 171, an invocation by Blendon Township Fiscal Officer Wade Estep, the presentation of a wreath, a salute to veterans, the playing of Taps and a benediction by Marcia Flaherty.

The master of ceremonies will be Blendon Township Board of Trustees Chairman James Welch. The speaker will be Sgt. 1st Class Norman Hessler.

Patty Robeson will lead historical cemetery tours and a picnic will follow the ceremony.

Throughout Memorial Day weekend, the Westerville Sunrise Rotary will provide its Field of Heroes display, which will feature more than 2,500 flags honoring military and personal heroes.

The flags will be on display from 1 p.m. Friday, May 25, through 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 28, at the Westerville Sports Complex, 325 N. Cleveland Ave.

The opening ceremony for the Field of Heroes will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 26.

In conjunction with the Field of Heroes, there will be a performance by the 122nd Army Band, based at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the sports complex; bus tours of Westerville's historical sites departing from the sports complex every 20 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 27; and a flag retirement ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Additional information about the Field of Heroes, or how to purchase a flag can be found on the website fieldofheroes.org.