May 28 will be a busy day for members of the Reynoldsburg Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9473 color guard, who will preside over five Memorial Day events.

Capt. John Waibel said about a dozen color-guard members will visit several cemeteries to conduct three-volley gun salutes, play taps and honor veterans.

The first ceremony is scheduled at 9 a.m. May 28 at Silent Home Cemetery, 1576 Lancaster Ave.

At 9:45 a.m., the color guard will conduct a ceremony at Seceder Cemetery on state Route 256 in Reynoldsburg.

"There are at least five Revolutionary War veterans buried there, along with veterans from the War of 1812, the Spanish-American War and the Civil War," Waibel said. "Some of our officers will give speeches, and we will do a three-volley salute and play taps."

The group will move on to Holy Cross Cemetery, 11539 National Road, Etna, at 10:30 a.m., followed by a noon appearance at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 5600 E. Broad St.

The last ceremony of the day is scheduled at 1 p.m. at VFW Post 9473, 1420 Waggoner Road.

"The Forest Lawn ceremony would probably be our most significant ceremony, since we will not only do the rifle volley and play taps, but do what we call a soldier's cross," Waibel said.

A soldier's cross is formed by a rifle with fixed bayonet standing in a pair of worn combat boots.

The rifle is topped with a battle helmet and draped with dogtags, as a memorial to those who have perished in battle, according to information from the Veterans of Foreign Wars national website, vfw.org.

It is said to have originated during the Civil War, when a rifle was stabbed into the ground to mark the final resting place of a soldier.

Waibel said a number of local Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops will decorate veterans' graves with small American flags May 26, the Saturday before Memorial Day.

"At about 8:30 to 9 a.m., the Boy Scout troops will be at Glen Rest Memorial Estate, 8029 E. Main St., to put flags on over 4,000 veteran graves," he said. "The flags will stay up until the day after Memorial Day."

He said the Post 9473 color guard presides over more than 100 funerals of veterans each year.

They also present flags to schools and other agencies and perform at least 25 ceremonies every year, including at Memorial Day and a vigil for missing soldiers in September.

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