The Worthington Memorial Day Parade will step off at 10 a.m. next Monday morning, with all of the traditional units leading the way to a ceremony at Walnut Grove Cemetery.

The Worthington Memorial Day Parade will step off at 10 a.m. next Monday morning, with all of the traditional units leading the way to a ceremony at Walnut Grove Cemetery.

The parade, said to be the largest in the state, begins on East Granville Road at Morning Street, then heads south on High Street to the cemetery.

World War II veteran Bill Ruth will be the Grand Marshal this year, and fellow Worthington resident Don Pendell will be the chaplain.

Both are members of the American Legion Leasure-Blackston Post 239, which sponsors the parade and the Memorial observances that begin on Sunday and continue beyond the parade.

On May 30, more than 1,300 poppies handmade by members of the Ladies Auxiliary will decorate graves of veterans in local cemeteries.

On Memorial Day morning, members of the post begin services at 6 on the Village Green. The flag will be lowered to half-mast and cannon fire and taps will honor the nation's deceased veterans. The ceremony will be repeated at St. John, Flint, Resurrection, and Kingwood cemeteries.

At Walnut Grove, the memorial service following the parade will begin at about noon.

The memorial speaker will be Major General Gregory L. Wayt of the Ohio National Guard.

He was commissioned in the regular Army in 1975. After his service, he joined the Guard, where he had risen to the top as Adjutant General.

The Rev. Don Pendell is a native of Lincoln, Neb. He is a retired Presbyterian minister who has taught English in France in 1951 and was a volunteer U.S. Army Chaplain in Japan in 1953.

He is currently chaplain for the Aladdin Shrine in Columbus and is chaplain of the Worthington Shrine Club.

He has lived in Worthington for 46 years.