Four events honoring American military personnel who have died in the line of duty will be among Memorial Day activities in the Delaware and Sunbury areas.
Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1095, Delaware, has organized a ceremony Monday, May 28, at Oak Grove Cemetery, 334 S. Sandusky St.
Harold Wolford of Chapter 1095 said those who attend are asked to gather at the cemetery's main entrance at 9:30 a.m. At 10 a.m. the group, accompanied by horses, will walk past the cemetery's Soldiers Circle, where Civil War veterans are buried, to the cemetery's west end, where many veterans of other wars are interred.
"Memorial Day is about those who died, who didn't get to become veterans," Wolford said. "It's not about parades and picnics. Memorial Day really is honoring those who died in the service of their country."
He noted Veterans Day, Nov. 11, honors all who have served in the Armed Forces.
Delaware County Commissioner Gary Merrell will speak. The event will include a rifle volley, the playing of Taps and a cannon volley staged by the Civil War re-enactors unit the 5th Ohio Light Artillery. Members of Chapter 1095 will form the honor guard.
AMVETS Post 102, Delaware, will hold a ceremony at 2 p.m. May 28 at Fairview Memorial Park, 5035 Columbus Pike.
Delaware resident Lisa Upperman, who served 17 years in the Air Force Reserves and six years in the Army Reserves, will speak.
Her father, Dallas Upperman, was a combat veteran of World War II in Europe; her brother, Oscar Baisden, was a combat veteran wounded in the Vietnam War. Both served in the Army.
"Memorial Day is to say 'thank you' to those who paid the ultimate price. ... for those who did not come home," she said. "They paid the price so we can have the freedom we have. Memorial Day thanks those who gave their all, and the Gold Star families."
The village of Galena will hold Memorial Day ceremonies at 1 p.m. May 28 on the Village Square.
Galena Village Council member David Simmons will offer opening remarks, and Mayor Thomas Hopper will present a memorial wreath at the G&T Club World War II memorial.
After presentations on the square, participants will proceed to the Galena Cemetery, where Simmons will give a historical presentation about a Spanish-American War veteran buried there. The American Legion 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 Galena Village Hall, 109 Harrison St.
On Tuesday, May 29, AMVETS Post 102 and American Legion Post 115 will bring "Eyes of Freedom" -- a traveling memorial honoring the fallen of the Marine Corps Reserves' Lima Company, which served in Iraq -- to the Ohio National Guard Armory, 1121 S. Houk Road in Delaware. The memorial will be displayed there until June 3.
It will arrive about 3 p.m. May 29 via procession, escorted by more than 100 motorcycles. Riders will include the AMVETS Post 51 Riders, American Legion Post 239 Riders, other motorcycle clubs and individual riders from around central Ohio.
The public is encouraged to line William Street -- from the Point intersection of East Central Avenue and East William Street to Houk Road -- from 3 to 4 p.m. as the memorial arrives on a specialized tractor-trailer.
An opening ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. May 29 at the armory, which shares the YMCA building.
Sunbury's annual Memorial Day flea market will be held from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 28 in the Village Square, organized by the Big Walnut High School Boosters.
It will feature dozens of vendors offering crafts, antiques and food. Admission is $1; children ages 10 and under will be admitted free.
In addition, the pool at Delaware's Mingo Park and the splash pad at Veterans Park both were set to open May 26.
Delaware city offices will be closed May 28. Residential refuse and recycling crews will operate on the "next-day" collection schedule for the week, beginning May 29 and continuing through Saturday, June 2.
The city of Powell will hold a Memorial Day parade, stepping off at 10 a.m. May 28 from Grace Drive in the city's downtown.
The procession will lead to the Greater Powell Veterans Memorial in Village Green Park, 47 Hall St., where a ceremony will take place.
The Delaware County Air Force Junior ROTC will provide the color guard and the Olentangy High School marching band will provide music.
A flag-retirement ceremony led by Powell-based Boy Scout Troop 428 will end the service.