Memorial Day events planned throughout county

Memorial Day on Monday, May 30 is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the men and women who died in military service to America. Below are local events to commemorate Memorial Day that have been provided to the News Journal.


Each year Blanchester American Legion Marion Post 179 celebrates those who have served our country so valiantly. The schedule of ceremonies:

Blanchester IOOF Cemetery — Services at the Blanchester IOOF Cemetery will be held on Monday, May 30. 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 and address will be given by Paul Crisp, Pastor of the Blanchester Church of The Nazarene. 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 Street Cemetery — Services will be held at the Second Creek United Methodist Church Cemetery at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 29. Rev. Gerald L. Duecker, Pastor of the church, 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 — Services at Garrison Cemetery, Shawnee Trace Road, will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, May 30. 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.

Westboro Cemetery — Services at Westboro Cemetery will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 30. The program will be presented at the GAR Cenotaph in the cemetery. Invocation and the address will be given by Calvin Martin, Pastor of Pleasant Grove Church of God, 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.


The Memorial Day parade in Wilmington begins at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30. It will begin at the American Legion and proceed west on Locust Street to South Street, south to Truesdell Street and west to Sugar Grove Cemetery. The Memorial Day services and program will take place there.

Grand marshal for the parade is Burton “Burt” Werner, and guest speaker is Mayor John Stanforth. The parade forms at 9 a.m.; parade participants are asked to be at the Legion and check-in with the parade director at 9 a.m.

On Sunday morning, May 29, local volunteers will replace flags at the cemetery beginning at 8 a.m. followed by breakfast at the Legion.


A Memorial Day ceremony will be conducted in the Sabina Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. Monday.

The program will include guest speaker Jon Laufer.

In addition, the Sabina Community Choir will be singing, an East Clinton FFA member will recite the Gettysburg Address, members of the Sabina and New Vienna Cub Scout Pack 797 will carry American flags and the event will conclude with a rendition of “Taps”.

The master of ceremonies will be Carl Burden, who currently is the president of the Sabina Lions Club.

A spokeswoman described the annual occasion as a “very peaceful serene ceremony.”

There is no parade this year.

New Vienna

New Vienna Memorial Day Celebration and Parade starts at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 30. The parade starts at the gazebo and proceeds to the IOOF Cemetery, where there will be a ceremony honoring fallen soldiers, local veterans, and active-duty personnel. Veterans present will each receive a pin in appreciation of their service.

Lees Creek

The 93rd Lees Creek Memorial Day Service will take place Monday, May 30. The parade forms at 1:15 p.m. at the Township Garage and Church, with the march to the cemetery at 1:30 p.m. including sheriff, fire trucks, flags and East Clinton band.

Service follows with welcome by Kevin Bean, invocation by Bob Gates, post of flag by the Henry Case Camp, #93 Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, Company C, 20th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Washington C.H., Pledge of Allegiance and Star Spangled Banner played by the EC band, Gettysburg Address by Shelby Williams, guest speaker Common Pleas Court Judge John W. “Tim” Rudduck, decorating the grave of the unknown soldier by Bob Bean, roll call by Kevin Bean, gun salute and Taps, Battle Hymn of the Republic by the EC band, retrieving of the flag, benediction by Bob Gates and then return to Lees Creek.

In the case of inclement weather the services will be held at the East Clinton Middle School Gymnasium.

Vernon Twp./Clarksville

At 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, a Memorial Day ceremony honoring service and sacrifice will be conducted at the Vernon Township Memorial Day service at the Clarksville I.O.O.F. Cemetery, located on South First Street in Clarksville.

A Clinton-Massie band will perform and Boy Scouts will assist in the program that will include honoring local veterans.

The nation’s service members who made the ultimate sacrifice will be honored. In addition, a new flagpole donated by a Clarksville resident will be dedicated, as will a flag that was donated in honor of Civil War veterans and twin brothers, Ezra and Abner Cadwallader. The flag has flown over the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., and was donated by Clinton County Municipal Court Judge Mike Daugherty, in honor of his great-great-grandfather Private Ezra Cadwallader (1842-1916) and great-great-uncle Private Abner Cadwallader (1842-1918). Both were in Company E, 17th Ohio Infantry Regiment.

They served in campaigns in Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia, according to information provided to the News Journal. Both were wounded in the Battle of Chicamauga, Georgia in September 1863. They spent the remainder of the war in hospitals in Kentucky and Tennessee, recovering from their injuries.

After the war, both of them married and settled in the Vernon Township/Clarksville area.


Memorial Day services will be held Monday, May 30 at the Martinsville I.O.O.F. Cemetery at 10 a.m. with Rev Jim Wieble of the Martinsville Methodist Church the speaker.
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