The David Johnston Memorial Post 283 of the American Legion again this Memorial Day will honor men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice defending the nation.

On Monday, May 28, Post 283 will continue its annual tradition of recognizing fallen servicemen and women during a series of area events.

At 9 a.m., the post's honor guard will present a ceremony in Victory Park, 100 Lockville Road, that will include a rifle volley and the playing of taps.

From there, the guard will move on at 9:30 a.m. to perform similar ceremonies in Violet Cemetery, 180 E. Columbus St., Pickerington. After the ceremony in Violet Cemetery, the guard will travel to Glen Rest Memorial Estate, 8029 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, to honor the fallen laid to rest there.

"It's a military salute at each site," said Rick Donovan, Post 283 commander. "We have a 21-gun salute, taps, and we often perform 'Amazing Grace.' "

Following those events, American Legion members will return to Post 283, 7725 Refugee Road, Pickerington, for a public open house that will begin at 1 p.m.

That event will feature recognition of fallen servicemen and women, as well as guest speakers Jason Beardsley, a retired master sergeant from the U.S. Army Special Ops, and Rob Whitlow, an Operation Swift pilot during the Vietnam War.

"We raise our flag back up and there will be some special forces groups conducting training procedures," Donovan said. "It's usually quite something for the public to see.

"There also will be hamburgers, hotdogs and soft drinks, free of charge."

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