A program will be held at the Bridge on South Broadway for a Salute to the Navy by Donald Dietrich, chaplain of Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 57. Services at the cemetery will include music from the Greenville Senior High Band, including the National Anthem, invocation from Rev. Samuel Hoeflich, chaplain of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7262, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address read by a Cadet Ensign from the Navy Junior ROTC unit, and Memorial Day Address from Leon Johnson. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held at American Legion Post 140, 325 N. Ohio St., Greenville.
Johnson served in the U.S. Army from 1967-69 and was stationed in Vietnam from 1968-1969. He served as a squad leader, platoon sergeant, platoon leader and Company 1st Sergeant. Prior to leaving the Army he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant.
He has earned the Purple Heart three times, Bronze Star and numerous other awards. He currently serves as the Chairman for the Department of Ohio Assistance Committee, member of the National Military Assistance Counsel and chairman of VFW Ohio Charities. He is a past commander of the Ohio VFW.
Johnson is a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars at Post 6772, Spencerville, VFW National and Veterans Home, Military Order of the Cooties Pup Tent 6, Past Commanders Association, American Legion Post 191, AMVETS Post 22, Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 783, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Combat Infantrymen’s Association and 25th Infantry Division Association.
Liberty Township Memorial Day services will be held May 27. The ceremony for Palestine Cemetery will begin at 10 a.m. at the center of town with a parade marching to the cemetery. Pastor Mike Simmons will be the speaker. At 11 a.m., there will be a service at Bass Cemetery with Rev. Pam King speaking. Participating in both ceremonies will be the Tri-Village Band, Scout Troop 96/Pack 149 and the Hollansburg American Legion Color Guard.
Memorial Day services will be held at Newcomers Cemetery in Franklin Township on June 2, 1 p.m. Services at Mote Cemetery in Monroe Township will also be held June 2, 2 p.m.
The Van Buren Township Memorial Services will be held at Abbottsville Cemetery on May 26. Services begin at 1 p.m. with Arcanum High School instrumentalists and the Greenville High School NJROTC. The address will be given by Larry Harter.
The Twin Township Memorial Services will be held at Ithaca Cemetery on May 26. Services will begin at 2 p.m. with Arcanum High School instrumentalists and the Greenville High School NJROTC. The address will be given by Larry Harter.
The Memorial Day at Gettysburg Cemetery will be held May 27, 2:30 p.m. The Memorial Day address will be given by Rev. Burt Wolf, interim pastor at Oakland Church of the Brethren and former principal of Franklin Monroe High School. Others participating will be Jason Lance, Gettysburg mayor, Joseph, Greenville High School Band 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 Clay and Corwin Streets, Gettysburg.
Stelvideo Memorial Day Service will be held at 1 p.m., May 26, at the Stelvideo Christian Church. Kay Crawford, voluntary service specialist at the Dayton VA Medical Center will be the honored speaker. Music will be provided by the Stelvideo church band, directed by David Bloomfield. At 2 p.m., following the service at the church, American Legion Post 140 will conduct a Memorial Service at Stelvideo Cemetery. Crawford served in the Women’s Army Corps during the Vietnam Era towards the end of the Vietnam War. She left college in 1974 and joined the military. She served as a squad leader during basic training and graduated with top honors and their drill sergeant was Outstanding Drill Sergeant of the Cycle. She met her husband at Ft. Jackson and married him after she got out of the military. She has been married for 38 years and has three children, eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She has been with the VA Medical Center since August 1991 and has worked for the government for 36 years. She has been in Voluntary Service since March 1997.
The Beamsville Christian Church will host its annual memorial Day Service on May 27, 10 a.m. Representative Jim Buchy will be the guest speaker at the service. Buchy represents the 84th House District which includes Mercer County and portions of Auglaize, Darke and Shelby Counties. He is now in his 11th term and returned to House Leadership this term as the Assistant Majority Whip. Representative Buchy serves on the Policy and Legislative Oversight, Rules and Reference, and the Agriculture and Natural Resources committees. Also participating in the service will be Greenville High School Band, Greenville American Legion, Post 140, Greenville American VFW, Post 7262, Ansonia Boy Scouts, Troop 114, and Ansonia Cub Scouts, Pack 114. Following the service at the church there will be a service at the Beamsville Cemetery, conducted by the Greenville VFW and the Greenville American Legion.
Memorial Day Services for Bradford will be held May 26. Line up for the parade will begin at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Parking Lot, with the parade beginning at 1:30 p.m. The parade will proceed up Miami Avenue and end at the Harris Creek Cemetery for a 2 p.m. service. Pastor Daryl Peeples, assisted by other pastors, will conduct the service. The Bradford Area Association of Churches is sponsoring this event and asks that you join them in remembering our veterans.
A Memorial Day Celebration will be held at the Brock Cemetery on Greenville-St Marys Road on June 2, 2 p.m. The speaker will be Mike McClurg. Also participating is the Color Guard from Ansonia American Legion, and Jeff Mayo will provide music.
Memorial Day Services will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery, State Route 121 South of Ft. Jefferson, on May 26, noon. The service will be led by Jim Buchy, with the Laroy Farst Post, New Madison presenting the colors, and the New Madison Scout Troop placing the wreath. Special music will be by Tommy Renfro. In case of rain, the Memorial Day Service will be held at the Ft. Jefferson United Methodist Church.
The Covington Memorial Day Parade and Veteran Services will be held May 27. The parade begins at 1 p.m. at Walnut and High Streets and proceeds north to the Highland Cemetery. The speaker at Miami Memorial Park and Highland Cemetery will be Congressman Jim Jordan. Additional services will be held at Bloomer Cemetery (Frieden’s Lutheran Church), at 9 a.m.; Miami Memorial Park, 10:30 a.m.; and Stillwater River-Covington Park, following the service at Highland Cemetery.