The David Johnston Memorial Post 283 of the American Legion, 7725 Refugee Road, Pickerington, will conduct Memorial Day ceremonies and activities, including an open house at 1 p.m.

At 9 a.m. Monday, May 29, the post's honor guard will host a ceremony at Violet Cemetery, 180 E. Columbus St.

Post 283 members will then proceed to Victory Park to conduct a second ceremony at 9:30 a.m.

At 10:30 a.m. a ceremony to honor the fallen will be held at the Glen Rest Memorial Estate, 8029 E. Main Street, Reynoldsburg.

Cpl. David Johnston, the post's namesake, Cpl. Dustin Derga and Lance Cpl. Terry Parsons will be honored at the ceremony.

At 1 p.m. Post 283 will host a Memorial Day celebration that will include a speaker and guests from Mike Co. 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served.

All events are open to the public.

David Johnston Memorial Post 283 First Vice Commander Mike Leers said the post's members look forward to hosting those from Mike Co. every Memorial Day weekend.

"They take their vacations and come here to rub elbows with their comrades who were over in Vietnam," Leers said.

"We take care of them while they're here," he said.

Leers encouraged the public to attend all the events and praised the Post's auxiliary members for hosting the open house luncheon.

"The auxiliary always does a great job," he said. "We'll have hamburgers and hot dogs. All the things people like."

Jim Killen, finance director and a charter member of Post 283, said Johnston was a Pickerington High School graduate who was killed in action in Quang Nam, South Vietnam, in 1969.

"We formed (Post 283) in 1980 and got enough members to get a charter in 1981," Killen said.

He said Johnston's story of dedication and sacrifice hit home with the members of the newly formed Post 283 and they agreed it a fitting honor to name the post after him.

"(Johnston) went into the Marine Corps pretty much right after high school," Killen said.

"He had lived out on Long Road. He was only 19 when he was killed in action," said Killen.

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