May 24, 2012
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GREENVILLE – Erk Cottrell Post No. 140 of the American Legion, Greenville Memorial Post No. 7262 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Darke County Chapter No. 57 of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) will host the annual Greenville Memorial Day Services on May 28.
The celebration of honoring America’s service men and women will begin with a parade through downtown Greenville. The parade will line-up at 12:30 p.m. in front of the Greenville Public Library on Sycamore Street. The parade will begin at 1 p.m. and travel down South Broadway toward Greenville-Union Cemetery.
Serving as this year’s Parade Marshall is Alfred L. Henry, of Versailles. Henry served during WWII and is a Purple Heart recipient. Joining him in the parade will be representatives from each of the veterans’ organizations, Greenville High School Navy Junior ROTC unit, Greenville Senior High School Band, and city, township, county and state officials. The parade will stop at the bridge on South Broadway to honor those that served in the Navy. Donald Dietrich, Chaplain of Chapter No. 57 of the DAV, will speak.
The program at the cemetery will feature music from the Greenville Senior High School Band, an invocation from Reverend Samuel Hoeflich, chaplain of VFW Post 7262, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address from Chad Denman, cadet ensign Navy Junior ROTC; and memorial address from Joseph R. Lenhart, Department of Ohio Disabled American Veterans Past Commander 1999-2000.
Lenhart graduated from Wapakoneta Senior High in 1969 and was inducted into the U.S. Army on May 25, 1970. He was stationed in Vietnam from October 1970 to Dec. 22, 1970, where he served in the Infantry. He was wounded in combat and received the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 6, 1972.
Lenhart is a member of American Legion Post 330, and life member of VFW Post 8445, Military Order of Purple Heart, AMVETS Post 333 and DAV Chapter 73.
In case of inclement weather, the services will be held at American Legion Post No. 140, 325 N. Ohio St., Greenville.
Other Memorial Services in the County
Teegarden Congregational Christian Church will hold its Memorial Day Service on May 27, 10 a.m. The Ansonia American Legion will have a Memorial Service and Pastor Eric Knight will be speaking at the event. All are welcome.
Franklin Township will be holding a Memorial Day Service at Newcomers Cemetery on June 3, 1 p.m. Monroe Township will hold a service at Mote Cemetery on June 3, 2 p.m.
Memorial Day Services at Gettysburg Cemetery will be held May 28, 2:30 p.m. The Memorial Day address will be given by Rev. Robert Bitner, retired chaplain, Brethren Retirement Community. Others participating in the service will be the Gettysburg Mayor Jason Lance, Greenville High School Band, Joseph Helfrich, and Versailles Color Guard. Everyone is invited to attend this service. In case of rain, the service will be held in the Bible Holiness Church, corner of Gray and Corwin Streets, Gettysburg.
Stelvideo Memorial Services will be held May 27, 1 p.m., at Stelvideo Christian Church. Eric Wagner, currently serving in the U.S. Navy, will be the honored speaker. Music will be provided by the Stelvideo Church Band, conducted by David Bloomfield. Services will be concluded at 2 p.m., at the Stelvideo Cemetery. American Legion Post 140 will conduct the service.
Liberty Township will hold Memorial Day services on May 28, 10 a.m. Parade participants will travel from the center of the village to the Palestine Cemetery where Joe Hanna will be the speaker. At 11 a.m., there will be a service at Clemens Cemetery with Scott Ritz speaking. The Tri-Village School Band, Hollansburg American Legion Color Guard and Troop 96 Boy Scouts will also be participating in the ceremonies.
A Memorial Day Service at Hollansburg Cemetery will be held May 28, 1 p.m. Delbert Braund will be the speaker.