Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving their country.
The schedule of ceremonies at cemeteries in the Blanchester area is provided by the American Legion Marion Post 179 in Blanchester:
Second Creek Cemetery
Services will be held at the Second Creek United Methodist Church Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 26. Patti Loftin of the church will give the address and conduct services.
Following, children of the church will place flowers on all graves of veterans. Members of Marion Post 179 will be present services in the cemetery honoring those who have served in all wars.
Blanchester IOOF Cemetery
Services at the Blanchester IOOF Cemetery will be held on Monday, May 27. The parade will form at the First National Bank parking lot at 9:30 a.m. and move out promptly at 10 a.m. The parade will travel down Center Street, south on Wright Street and west on Main Street to the cemetery.
Those invited to take part in the parade include all veterans and auxiliaries, Blanchester High School Marching Band, Blanchester/Marion Twp. Fire Department, Blanchester Life Squad, drill teams, Boy Scout and Girl Scout units, Cub Scouts and Brownies, Fraternal Lodges, churches, etc. Vehicles will not be allowed except for the police escort. Horses will not be permitted.
The invocation will be given by Calvin Martin, Pastor of the Pleasant Grove Community Church, as well as, the Chaplain for the Blanchester American Legion Marion Post 179 and the address will be given by Paul Casteel, Pastor of the Blanchester Church of Christ.
The Blanchester High School Band will perform and play the National Anthem followed by a firing of the 21 gun salute performed by the Blanchester American Legion Marion Post 179. Playing of the Taps will follow.
Services at Garrison Cemetery on Shawnee Trace Road will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, May 27. The invocation and address will be given by Greg Hefner.
Firing of the Salute will be by the Color Guard from the Blanchester American Legion Marion Post 179. Playing of Taps will conclude the program.
Services at Westboro Cemetery will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 27. The program will be presented at the GAR Cenotaph in the cemetery.
The invocation and the address will be given by Calvin Martin, Pastor of Pleasant Grove Community Church, as well as, the Chaplain for the Blanchester American Legion Marion Post 179.
Firing of the Salute will be by the Color Guard from the Blanchester American Marion Post 179. Playing of Taps will conclude the program.