2013 Field of Heroes in Westerville

Community Memorial Day observances


The city of Bexley will hold a Memorial Day service from 11 a.m. to noon May 26 at Drexel Circle, off of East Broad Street.


Blendon Township

The township’s Memorial Day ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. May 26 at Blendon Central Cemetery, 6330 S. Hempstead Road.

Township Trustee Chairwoman Jan Heichel will emcee the ceremony.

Irwin Kuhns, a Navy veteran of combat in the Pacific in World War II, will be the guest speaker.

The Rev. Harold Steindam, retired pastor of the Westerville Community United Church of Christ, will give the benediction.

Members of American Legion Post 171 will conduct a 21-gun salute and memorial service.


Canal Winchester

Leach Benson Post 220, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 220 and VFW Post 10523 will sponsor a Memorial Day service at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 26, at Union Grove Cemetery in Canal Winchester.

Speakers will be the Rev. Ray Richards, Buckeye Girls State representative Marchella Bardelang and Buckeye Boys State representative Aaron Graber. Other participants include the Canal Winchester High School band and members of local Boy Scout, Girl Scout, Brownies, Bluebirds and Camp Fire troops.



Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center officials are seeking runners, walkers and anyone interested in supporting their neighbors to participate in the annual Memorial Day “Ring Around the Roses 5K Walk-Run.” Hundreds of runners and others begin at Whetstone’s Park of Roses and nearby Whetstone High School stadium. The seventh annual Ring Around the Roses will begin before 9 a.m. at the school, 4405 Scenic Drive.

Registration for runners and walkers already is open and can be accomplished by visiting the website: https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Columbus/ringaroundtheroses. Registration is $30 through 5 p.m. Sunday, May 25, and will be $35 for walkup registrations on the day of the event. Participants in the Kids Fun Run, which will start at 8:30 a.m., may run for free although registration is encouraged.

For more information, email info@clintonvillecrc.org or call 268-3539.



The Delaware County Veterans’ Association will sponsor a Memorial Day observance at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 25, in the Soldiers Circle of Oak Grove Cemetery, 334 S. Sandusky St.



The Wesley G. David American Legion Post 800 in Dublin will recognize Memorial Day beginning May 24 as Boy Scouts help decorate Dublin Cemetery and hold a flag ceremony.

On Monday, May 26, the post will lead a parade with the Jerome High School Marching Band from Dale and Riverside Drives at 11 a.m. to the state Route 161 bridge over the Scioto River where there will be a wreath ceremony.

From there, the procession will go to Dublin Cemetery for a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Vietnam veteran Ed Erfurt will speak.

At noon another ceremony will be held at the Grounds of Remembrance in Dublin Veterans Park with keynote speaker Lt. Dennis Tomcik, a Dublin resident who was recently inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor.

At 12:45 p.m. the city will host a complimentary picnic lunch on the ground of the Dublin branch library at 75 N. High Street.



Gahanna will recognize the 150th anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery during Memorial Day services scheduled at 1 p.m. Monday, May 26, in Gahanna Veterans Memorial Park, 75 W. Johnstown Road.

Bob Fickle, spokesman of the Gahanna Veterans Memorial Committee, said the theme for the service is “Honor the Tradition, Remember the Sacrifice, Explore the History” in connection with the 150th anniversary of the Arlington National Cemetery.

Other Memorial Day features include the presentation of colors and 21-gun salute, by Veterans of Foreign Wars Tri-Community Post 4719 and American Legion Post 797; the national anthem, by Terri and Chad Kegelmeyer; invocation and benediction, by chaplain Herb Docken of the Gahanna Lions Club; Kyle Granville playing taps; and John McCullough, of Capital City Pipes and Drums, playing Amazing Grace.



Galena will hold Memorial Day ceremonies Monday, May 26. Events begin at 1 p.m. on the Village Square with the singing of the national anthem by Big Walnut High School alumnae Julia Brown and Allison Dawson. Galena council member David Simmons will offer opening remarks and Village Mayor Thomas Hopper will present a memorial wreath at the G&T Club World War II memorial. The featured speaker will be Zachary Moore, a 2014 Big Walnut High School graduate.

After presentations on the square, participants will proceed to the Galena Cemetery, where Simmons will give a historical presentation about veterans in the cemetery. The Sunbury Veterans of Foreign Wars will provide the honor guard for the event and will offer a three-volley salute and Taps.

In case of inclement weather, the event will move to the Galena Village Hall, 109 Harrison St.


Grandview Heights

Grandview’s observance of Memorial Day will start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22, with the annual Blue Star Mothers Memorial Day Service at Memorial Park, 1156 Parkway Drive.

Mayor Ray DeGraw will tell the stories of Grandview or Marble Cliff residents who gave their lives in service to their country. Boy Scout Troop 73, the Grandview Heights High School band and bagpipe player Jeff Lynn also will participate in the ceremony.

In case of rain, the event will be moved to the Grandview Heights High School auditorium.

The Memorial Day parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24. All veterans in the community are invited to serve as grand marshals. They can either call the parks department at 614-488-3111 in advance or arrive at 9 a.m. on Cambridge Boulevard at First Avenue the morning of the event, he said.

The parade route will head down First Avenue from Cambridge to Pierce Field.

The municipal pool will open for the season at 1 p.m. May 24.



The Motts Military Museum is coordinating the annual Groveport Memorial Day Parade, which will begin at 1:15 p.m. Monday, May 26, at the corner of Main and Front streets. It will proceed to the Groveport Cemetery at the corner of Wirt Road and College Street.

Carl Price, commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Buckeye Chapter 500, will be the guest speaker at the memorial service itself, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. with the arrival of the parade at the cemetery.


Grove City

The 2014 Grove City Memorial Day Parade, presented by the American Legion Paschall Post 164 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8198, will step off on Broadway at 11 a.m. Monday, May 26.

The parade route begins at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 3730 Broadway, and travels down Broadway.

The procession will stop for a short ceremony at City Hall, 4035 Broadway, before the parade continues to Grove City Cemetery for the Grove City Memorial Day Service.

The Legion Post 164, 3363 McDowell Road, also plans an open house and picnic following the parade, when a new WWII sign will be dedicated and construction of a veterans memorial at the post entry will be launched.


American Legion Memorial Post 614 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4931 will observe Memorial Day at 11 a.m. Monday, May 26, at Wesley Chapel Cemetery, 3225 Dublin Road.

The ceremony will be held in the veterans’ section of the cemetery, in the southeastern corner.

Members of both veterans organizations are expected to speak about the symbolism of Memorial Day, render taps and perform a 21-gun salute.

Central Ohio Boy Scout troops will place flags on veterans’ graves throughout the cemetery beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24.



American Legion Post 254 in Johnstown has four observances to attend over the Memorial Day weekend. All four will feature a 21-gun salute and the playing of taps.

The first one is at 7:45 a.m. Friday, May 23, at Northridge Elementary School. At 9:45 a.m. Friday, Post 254 will be at an observance at Maple Grove Cemetery in Alexandria.

On Monday, May 26, Post 254 will be at the Croton Cemetery, followed by an 11:15 a.m. observance at the Green Hill Cemetery in Johnstown.



Marysville residents can pay tribute to veterans who lost their lives in service to their country at several events.

The tributes start at 9 a.m. Monday, May 26, at the North Main Street bridge, where a service will honor those who lost their lives at sea, said Clair Norris, a member of VFW Post 3320 and the Memorial Day committee.

At 9:30 a.m., the parade will depart from Fifth and Plum streets and proceed west to Oakdale Cemetery, 1290 W. Fifth St.

A 10 a.m. ceremony will include placement of wreaths for veterans buried there.

Following the ceremony at Oakdale, the VFW will conduct services at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Cemetery, just across West Fifth Street, and then at the VFW, 15237 Industrial Parkway.



Pataskala’s Memorial Day observance will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, May 26, at the Pataskala Cemetery on Creek Road, south of Pataskala Municipal Park.

Mayor Mike Compton said Boy Scout Troop 21 will play taps at the cemetery.

At 11 a.m., the activities will move to Veterans Green on Main Street, south of the railroad tracks.

Compton said American Legion Post 107 will present the flag and state Rep. Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) will speak.

Compton said local officials would read the names of all veterans who have been memorialized with bricks on the green. He said most of the veterans are from Pataskala or the surrounding area.

The Mead-Needham Museum, 300 S. Main St., also will open at 11 a.m. and stay open for visitors throughout the day, said Martha Tykodi, the museum’s publicist.

Tykodi said the museum will serve light refreshments. Displays will include: records from Lima Township; memorabilia from the Licking Heights and Watkins Memorial high school classes of 1964; a collection of matchbooks that dates back to the 1800s; information about prisoners of war and military displays; and photographs of community athletics activities.



The city of Powell will host its annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 26 in the city’s downtown.

The parade will begin on Grace Drive; proceed west to North Liberty Street; travel south on Liberty Street to Olentangy Street; and travel west on Olentangy Street to the parade’s end at the CSX railroad tracks.

Immediately after the parade, the city will conduct a memorial ceremony at Village Green Park, 47 Hall St. Sgt. Alex Rozanski will serve as the keynote speaker during the ceremony.

Sgt. Rozanski serves as a human resources specialist at the Ohio National Guard and was in the U.S. Marine Corps Lima Company from 1998-2005.



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 members and Boy Scout Troop 277 will also sell flags and magnets. Proceeds will benefit the families of deployed military personnel.

At 5 p.m. Friday, May 23, a "changing of the colors" ceremony will be conducted at Silent Home Cemetery, 1576 Lancaster Ave., and flags will be placed on veterans' headstones.

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Capital City Chapter 3 will conduct a 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.

Reynoldsburg VFW Post 9473 will conduct five ceremonies Monday, May 26, at area cemeteries and at the Post, 1420 S. Waggoner Road.

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; at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery, 11539 National Road SW; at noon at the Post; and at 1 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 5600 E. Broad St.



Sunbury’s Memorial Day flea market will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, May 26, on the Town Square.



Color guards, military veterans marching in step, patriotic music by Westerville South High School’s band and ceremonies to honor war dead are all part of American Legion Post 171’s annual Memorial Day parade and observance in Westerville set for Monday morning, May 26.

The parade, led by former post Cmdr. Mike Etling, will step off at 9:45 a.m. from the corner of College Avenue and State Street, Romeo said. Participants will march south to the old National Guard Armory and pause for a wreath-laying at the Westerville Veterans Memorial by Etling, an Army veteran of the Vietnam era, and Bob Arn, a World War II Air Corps pilot.

The march then proceeds to Bishop Street, turns west to Knox, then north to Otterbein Cemetery.

The featured speaker during post-march ceremonies at Otterbein Cemetery will be Ohio’s director of Veterans Affairs, Tim Gorrell, himself a military veteran. His address will follow the playing of the National Anthem by Westerville South’s band, a 21-gun salute by Post 171’s firing squad, and the playing of Taps by two buglers from the band.

Also, the Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club will stage its sixth annual Field of Heroes tribute over Memorial Day weekend Friday-Monday, May 23-26, at the Westerville Sports Complex, 325 S. Cleveland Ave.

Located at the southwest corner of Cleveland Avenue and County Line Road – across the street from the Westerville Community Center – the Field of Heroes display will include more than 3,000 U.S. flags on 8-foot white poles, with a number of ceremonies to honor U.S. war dead staged throughout the weekend.

This year will include a special tribute to all public safety personnel each day.

The Field of Heroes opens at 1 p.m. Friday, May 23. A closing ceremony will be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 26. Visit fieldofheroes.org for additional information.



Whitehall VFW Post 8794 will conduct its annual Memorial Day ceremonies at 11 a.m. Monday, May 26, at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 5600 E Broad St, Columbus.

A second ceremony set for 12:30 p.m. May 26 at the VFW, 4100 E. Main St., will feature Mayor Kim Maggard as guest speaker. Lunch will be served to veterans and guests.

Whitehall VFW Post 8794 members and volunteers will place American flags on veterans’ graves at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 24.



The American Legion Post will begin its Memorial Day observance Sunday, May 25, by decorating the graves of veterans in the local cemeteries.

On Memorial Day, the members of the post begin their services at 6 a.m. 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 is repeated at St. John, Flint, Resurrection and Kingwood cemeteries, Worthington Fire Department, Sharon Township Memorial Hall, with a final salute at American Legion Post 239.

This year’s parade will be the 94th consecutive Memorial Day parade sponsored by the American Legion Leasure-Blackston Post 239 Worthington. The parade begins at 10 a.m. Monday, May 26, at East Dublin Granville Road and Morning Street. It marches west to High Street and south on High Street to the Walnut Grove Cemetery, where a memorial service will be held following the parade. The service should begin about noon.

This year’s parade grand marshal is World War II veteran Harold “Army” Armstrong. He served with the 372nd Field Artillery Battalion, 99th Infantry Division. Armstrong is a member of the Worthington VFW.

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