To remember Madison County’s men and women in uniform, every village from South Solon to Plain City will be holding various events this Memorial Day weekend. Here is a schedule of the events:
• Sunday, May 28, Paint Township Cemetery located at 1869 Old Xenia Road is having Memorial Day services at 1 p.m. Madison-Plains High School Band is providing the music.
• Sunday, May 28, at 2:15 p.m. there will be a service at Deercreek Lafayette Cemetery and at 3 p.m. at Summerford Cemetery.
• Monday, May 29, a ceremony will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery’s Soldier’s Circle memorial. The London High School band will assemble at 10 a.m. at the entrance while the ceremony itself will start at 10:15 a.m. at the monument.
• Monday, May 29, a second ceremony will be held at the Veteran’s memorial in front of the Madison County Courthouse located on 1 N. Main St. at 11 a.m. One of the guest speakers will be Jennifer Moore, Madison County’s veterans service officer. After the ceremony, the group will assemble at Kirkwood Cemetery, located at 1600 U.S. Route 42.
London’s United Veterans Organization includes Amvets Chapter 19, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 93, American Legion Post 105 and Vietnam Veterans Chapter 746.
After all of the ceremonies are complete veterans, their families and guest are invited to an open house at the American Legion Post 105, 51 E. First St., London. Refreshments will be served.
• Monday, May 29, American Legion Post 201 invites all Madison County veterans for a free breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. at the legion hall on 9701 W. Broad St.
• Monday, May 29, a Memorial Day service will be held at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, at noon. The cemetery is located on U.S. Route 40, just west of the village.
• Monday, May 29, the South Solon Community Organization invite everyone to the Memorial Day parade, honoring all our fallen soldiers, for their commitment to our country and their legacy of patriotism and sacrifice. The parade will be led by the Springfield Detachment of the Marine Corp League, followed by the Madison-Plains Marching Band, led by Renee Perkins Hostetler.
The parade will start at 2 p.m. from the community park to the South Solon Cemetery. There will be a short ceremony at the entrance to the cemetery. After the presentation to the Grand Marshal Bob Alderson and Rev. Jeff Smalley will be speaking. The Marines will follow with a 21 gun salute and taps.
• Monday, May 29, the Plain City Veterans of Foreign Wars, Darby Post 3268 and The Plain City American Legion Post 248 and the Ladies Auxiliaries, invite everyone to join them as they celebrate Memorial Day. The celebration begins with a parade forming at the old Plain City Elementary School at 340 W. Main St. from 8 to 8:30 a.m.
Those wishing to participate in the parade should decorate accordingly and be ready to leave the old elementary school promptly at 9 a.m. The parade will proceed east on Main Street then south on Chillicothe Street to Forest Grove Cemetery.
The speaker this year is Col. Holly Mitchell. Colonel Holly C. Mitchell is the 121st Mission Support Group (MSG) Commander, Ohio Air National Guard located at Rickenbacker International Airport, Columbus. She provides leadership and management for base support activities such as security, civil engineering, human resources, contracting communications, logistics and services, with a total of 510 personnel. Additionally, she is responsible for supporting the 121st mobility tasking through constant readiness of personnel and equipment.
For additional information contact Bernie Vance at 614-570-2962.