Memorial Day Events Planned – Times Gazette
Memorial Day celebrations will take place Monday in at least three communities in Highland County, with a fourth celebration in neighboring South Salem.
In Hillsboro, this year’s celebration will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial on the west side of the Highland County Courthouse. Hillsboro VFW Post 9094 Commander Rick Wilkin said the city’s observance will essentially go back to how it was before the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s going to start at 10:30 as usual, and we’re going to have bleachers again this year – three sets like we did before COVID,” Wilkin said.
Vietnam veteran Stephen Murray is set to be the keynote speaker with Wilkin as emcee. There will be a table set up to honor POWs and MIAs.
“It will be pretty much what it was in the past before COVID,” Wilkin said. “We’ll have a prayer, and hopefully the mayor and county commissioners will present a proclamation, and we’ll take the oath of allegiance and probably lay a wreath.”
The flag will be flown at half mast to mark the occasion. Patriotic music recorded by the Hillsboro High School band will be played during the ceremony along with a vocal and flute performance by Diane Coffey and Jenny Harner, respectively.
The Highland County Veterans Honor Guard will fire a salute and two local high school students will perform echo taps. After the event, the honor guard will perform ceremonies at the Catholic and Hillsboro cemeteries to honor the veterans buried there.
Sandwiches and tea will be served at the VFW station in Hillsboro after the ceremony. The entire event is open to the public.
In green fieldafter suffering due to coronavirus pandemic restrictions for the past two years, the Memorial Day Parade is set to pick up steam again.
Bruce Snavely, president of Concerned Veterans of Greenfield, the organization planning the event, said this year’s event should go back to what has been done in the past. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. It will start from the colonnades of the school on Fifth Street. Parade participants must be at the colonnades no later than 9:45 a.m.
The grand marshal for this year’s parade is Bob Ravenscraft, the longest serving member of the Concerned Veterans, Snavely said. The special speaker for the cemetery program after the parade will be Travis Snyder.
In Pricetown, an annual march to Barker Cemetery will begin at 10 a.m. Monday. Pricetown Church of Christ Senior Minister Daryl Mount will deliver the message in the cemetery and Hugh “Bill” Setty will be the honored veteran. The annual church program will begin at 11 a.m. and will include patriotic songs, flag pledges, the Gettysburg Address, a keynote presentation and honoring all veterans. The traditional Honor Quilts will also be presented.
The main presentation will be given by a group of high school students from the Pricetown area. They will focus on patriotism, the flag, the greatness of America, and remember key events in the nation’s history.
The public is invited to attend all events. Following the cemetery walk and church program, the annual community dinner will be served in the church communion hall beginning at noon. The meal is free for all and will be served until at least 1 p.m.
In South Salemthe annual parade will begin at 2 p.m. and participants will be asked to line up behind Buckskin Elementary by 1:45 p.m. A program will be held at the South Salem Cemetery following the parade, where flowers arranged by the South Salem Garden Club will be laid. on veterans’ graves by children before the program begins.
The speaker will be Travis Snyder, a veteran and teacher at McClain High School. The Greenfield Middle School Band, the local VFW and the Concerned Veterans of Greenfield will be part of the program. Zoie Crabtree, a Buckskin alumnus and McClain High School graduate, will present the Pledge of Allegiance, and Eli Johnson, also a Buckskin alumnus and McClain alumnus, will recite the Gettysburg Address.
“It’s a nice little community event,” said Sandy Free, who helps organize the activities.
Following these activities, the annual South Salem United Methodist Church Strawberry Party will be held. All dishes will be homemade. Donations will be accepted. The menu includes cream chicken, ham sandwiches, green beans, potato salad, assorted cakes, strawberries, ice cream and drinks.
While Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, its true meaning is to remember members of the United States Armed Forces who gave their lives in service to the country.
Contact Jeff Gilliland at 937-402-2522.
Hillsboro VFW Post 9094 members Rick Wilkin (left) and Dwight Reynolds salute a wreath during a past Memorial Day celebration at the Highland County Courthouse.
Concerned Greenfield veterans march through town in a final Memorial Day celebration.