Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the men and women who died while serving their country.
Communities throughout Clinton County have Memorial Day weekend events scheduled, including:
There will be a 9 a.m. ceremony at the Veterans’ Memorial prior to the parade on Monday, May 29. The parade will proceed from the American Legion to west on East Locust Street to South South Street, and south to West Truesdell Street arriving at Sugar Grove Cemetery.
Services at Sugar Grove Cemetery will be held after the conclusion of the parade.
The ceremony at the cemetery will have Clinton County Commissioner Pat Haley as a guest speaker. A memorial wreath will be laid at the grave of the Unknown Soldier. A 21-gun salute will be made, followed by the playing of “Taps.”
On Saturday, May 27, local volunteers, including the Boy Scouts, will be replacing flags at the cemetery.
Each year the Blanchester American Legion Marion Post 179 celebrates those who have served our country so valiantly.
The schedule of ceremonies is:
• Blanchester I.O.O.F. Cemetery: Services will be held on Monday, May 29. 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 and cars for veterans unable to walk. 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.
The address will be given by Steve Sabin, pastor of the Blanchester First Baptist Church.
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 “Taps” will follow.
• Second Creek United Methodist Church Cemetery: Services will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 28. Rev. Gerald L. Duecker will give the address and conduct services in the church. Following, children of the church will place flowers on all graves of veterans. Members of Marion Post 179 will present services in the cemetery honoring those who have served in all wars.
• Garrison Cemetery, Shawnee Trace Road, services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, May 29. 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. Lawn chairs are welcome.
• Westboro Cemetery: Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 29. 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 Legion Marion Post 179. Playing of “Taps” will conclude the program.
Boy Scout Troop 155 from Clarksville will host a Memorial Day service in the Clarksville Cemetery at 10 a.m. Monday, May 29.
The program will include a flag ceremony, “Taps”, the placing of a wreath, and a couple readings from the Scouts of Boy Scout Troop 155, Boy Scout Troop 999 and Cub Scout Pack 155. Guest speaker will be Vietnam War veteran Eric Sams.
Music will be performed by the Clinton-Massie High School Band.
A town parade will start at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Sabina Elementary School. Parade participants are asked to assemble at the elementary school grounds at 9 a.m.
A ceremony at the cemetery will begin 10 a.m. Monday. Mark Johnson will be the master of ceremonies.
East Clinton FFA chapter member Carlie Ellis will present the Gettysburg Address. The keynote speaker will be Rick Godlove of the Sabina Church of Christ.
Martinsville will be holding their memorial day services at 10 a.m. Monday, May 29 at the Martinsville I.O.O.F. Cemetery on Cemetery Road. Jim Weible, Minster of the Martinsville Methodist Church, will deliver the address at 10 a.m.
At 10 a.m. Saturday, May 27, veterans’ flags will be placed on the veterans’ flag staffs; any volunteers for the flag placing would be appreciated.
The New Vienna Memorial Day parade will be Monday at 10 a.m. (lineup begins at 9:30 at Gazebo Park). Kids are encouraged to decorate their bikes for the parade, and golf carts and floats are welcome.
The parade will proceed to the cemetery where there will be a service.
The Port William Memorial Day Service will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 28 in Maple Grove Cemetery. The speaker will be Terry Kerr.
If it’s raining, the service will be held at the Port William Methodist Church.