Press staff report
May 22, 2014
The citizens of Madison County will have several opportunities to observe Memorial Day throughout the county.
• On Sunday, May 25, veterans will perform services at 1 p.m. in Paint Township Cemetery, at 2:15 p.m. in Deercreek-Lafayette Cemetery and at 3 p.m. in Somerford Cemetery.
• On Monday, May 26, veterans and members of the London High School band will assemble at 10 a.m. at the entrance of Oak Hill Cemetery. The ceremony will start at 10:15 a.m. at the statue.
After the ceremony, all veterans, band members and citizens will proceed to the courthouse square monument to conduct a program at 11 a.m. At the conclusion of the program veterans and citizens will assemble at Kirkwood Cemetery for the final tribute.
Following immediately will be an open house at the American Legion Post No. 105, 51 E. First St., London. All veterans, their families and guests are invited.
• On Sunday, May 25 at 3:30 p.m. the Range Township trustees will hold services at Range Township Cemetery on state Route 323. Rev. Gordon Ell will be presiding over the service. Paul Seaman will be the guest speaker. There will also be vocals and readings.
• On Monday, May 26, the South Solon Community Organization will host a Memorial Day parade at 2 p.m. from the community park to the cemetery.
The parade will be led by the Springfield Detachment of the Marine Corp League, followed by the Madison-Plains Marching Band, led by Derek Scoles.
A short ceremony will be held at the entrance to the South Solon Cemetery. After the mayor’s presentation to the Grand Marshal R. David Pickens, State Rep. Bob Hackett will speak. The Marines will follow with a 21-gun salute and the playing of Taps.
• Mount Sterling American Legion Post 417 will hold Memorial Day services at Pleasant Cemetery outside the village on McClimansville-Cemetery Road, at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 26. The speaker will be Rev. Mike Berne.
• On Monday, May 26, a the village’s Memorial Day celebration will begin with a parade, forming at the old Plain City Elementary School on West Main Street between 8 to 8:30 a.m.
The service is hosted by the Plain City Veterans of Foreign Wars, Darby Post 3268 and The Plain City American Legion Post 248 and the Ladies Auxiliaries. Those who would like to participate in the parade are encouraged to decorate accordingly and be ready to leave the old elementary school promptly at 9 a.m.
The speaker is Joseph B. Sawo, who was born in Liberia, West Africa. Sawo is a member of the Ohio Air National Guard.
• American Legion Post 201 will hold a memorial service with a speaker at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at noon on Monday, May 26.