To Honoring and remembering those who have died in service to our nation, many Memorial Day events will take place in the Six County area.
Services begin Saturday at 10 a.m. at Riverview Memory Gardens, 29231 County Road 424, Rural Defiance.
Trish Speiser will be the emcee, while Defiance Police Chief Todd Shafer will be the guest speaker for the event.
The ceremony will feature members of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 36 providing the colored guard, as well as Chaplain David Uetterling, giving the invocation and blessing.
Kari Rosania will play the national anthem on the bagpipes, and the closing music at the end of the ceremony.
A commemorative wreath will be laid by the auxiliary members of DAV Chapter 36 to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country. The installation of the rose will be provided by Judy Uetterling, auxiliary member of Chapter 36 of the DAV.
Ric Booher, member of DAV Chapter 36, will perform “Taps”.
On May 20, volunteers placed flags at the gravesites of veterans buried at Riverview Memory Garden.
The traditional Memorial Day program begins Monday at 10 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery and is sponsored by Herbert E. Anderson American Legion Post 117, VFW Post 3360, Welcome Home Chapter 954 of the Vietnam Veterans of America, and DAV Chapter 36.
Mayor Mike McCann will deliver the opening address, with Pastor Dave Brobston, a former Army Chaplain, presenting the invocation.
There will be the display of colors by the honor guard of VFW Post 3360. Sofia Castillo, a high school student from Defiance High School, will sing the national anthem, played by the Defiance High School Band of Class.
McCann will host and commemorative wreaths will be placed by Sharon Washington, VFW 3360 Assistant President, and VVA Memorial wreaths placed by Ed McCray, VFW Post 3360 Commander.
Noah Gears of Boy Scout Troop 77 and son of James and Heather Gears will read the Gettysburg speech. The poem “I Am Your Flag” will be read by Leah Adkins of Girl Scout of Troop 10105, and the daughter of David and Ellie Adkins.
DHS will perform “God Bless America,” followed by McCann introducing this year’s speaker Ryan Mack, Defiance County Commissioner and Purple Heart recipient.
The DHS Band will then perform “God Bless the USA”, with the military rifle salute given by the VFW Color Guard. The service ends with “Taps” from the DHS group, Brobston’s blessing, McCann’s closing remarks, the color guard’s removal of colors and the playing of “Amazing Grace” on Bill Ray’s bagpipe.
The DHS group will play patriotic music starting at 9.45am before the program. In the event of inclement weather, the program will take place at the Defiance Community Auditorium.
Marine Corps League Detachment Herman Hesselschwardt 758 will not be holding a ceremony this year due to COVID-19.
However, at noon Monday, members of the Marine Corps League will hold a memorial service at St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery, 05480 Moser Road, to remember the detachment’s namesake, Herman Aloysius “Alphabet” Hesselschwardt, who was killed at Vietnam.
Some ceremonies in the region still do not take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, many ceremonies will take place again this year. Other Memorial Day events in the area include:
Service: The program will begin at 9 a.m. starting with a school parade at the Highland Township Fire Department, 27723 Watson Road, where the service will begin with the opening address by Reverend Ron Monteith. The guest speaker is Brad Morrison, a retired US Navy veteran. Music will be provided by the Ayersville High School Marching Band. Participants will be AMVETS Post 1991 and the Ladies Auxiliary, Sons of AMVETS, Boy Scout Troop 141 and the Highland and South Richland Fire Departments.
Dinner: Defiance AMVETS Post 1991, 1795 Spruce St., will hold a meal of bean soup and sandwiches after the service.
Service: The Farmer American Legion will hold a memorial service at 9 a.m. at Farmer Cemetery, with Major Sean Cooney (retired), a former Green Beret from Columbus as a guest speaker.
Reception: After service at the Farmer American Legion room.
Parade: The parade will begin at 10 a.m. in the American Legion Hall. Units will assemble in the Legion parking lot at 9:30 am The parade route descends from West High Street to North Main Street, ending at Forest Home Cemetery for a memorial service. Planned parade participants include: Hicksville Police Department, Defiance County Sheriff’s Office, American Flag Auxiliary, Post Colors and Guards, Firing Squad, American Legion and Elders fighters, the Sons of the Legion, the Auxiliary of the Legion, the Eagles, the Knights of Columbus, the Aces of Hicksville High School. , Boy Scouts and Hicksville / EMS Volunteer Fire Department.
Service: The program will follow at the cemetery immediately after the parade. Ray Dailey, a member of the Marine Corps League Defiance Post 758, will deliver the message. In the event of rain, the program will take place in the Hicksville school common room.
Service: The program will begin at 10:30 am at St. Michael’s Ridge, run by Jewell American Legion Post 635 and his attendant. The guest speaker will be Father John Stites. The band from Tinora High School will play a few selections. The service will take place at the church in case of bad weather. The public is invited to a free lunch at the Jewell Community Center after the service.
Service: The Ney American Legion will hold a joint memorial service with Sherwood VFW at 9 a.m. at Moats Cemetery. A separate ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at the Ney cemetery. Guest speaker will be Chris Mack of Ney American Legion, and the Fairview High School Band will perform.
Lunch: A potluck lunch will be held in the Legion Hall after the ceremony.
Services: The Sherwood VFW Post will host a joint memorial service with the Ney American Legion at 9 a.m. at Moats Cemetery. Sherwood VFW will also be holding ceremonies at St. Stephen’s Cemetery on The Bend Road at 10 am. Services will also take place at 12:15 p.m. at the Sherwood Cemetery Ceremony where Major Sean Cooney (Ret’d), a former Green Beret who resides in Columbus, will speak.
Parade: A parade will precede the ceremony in Sherwood, with participants starting at noon at the fire hall and ending at the cemetery.
A parade will begin at 9 a.m. at Pirate Park with a service to follow at Deshler American Legion Hall.
Service: A service will be held in downtown Hamler, in front of Hamler American Legion Post 262, 350 Randolph St., starting at 10 a.m. There will be a guest speaker and the Patrick Henry High School Band will perform.
Lunch: A barbecue chicken lunch will be served at American Legion Post 262 starting at 11 a.m.
Service: American Legion William F. Helmke Extension 340 in Holgate will be holding their Remembrance Day service on Monday, May 31 at 7:00 p.m. It will be held in the cafeteria of Holgate High School. The speaker will be Pastor Theodore Rellstab from St. John’s Lutheran Church, Holgate. The Holgate High School Band and Leslie Dietrich will participate in the program.
The decoration of the graves will take place on Thursday, May 27 at 5 p.m.
Parade: The procession will begin at 11 a.m. from the Gerald Grain Elevator and proceed to Young’s Cemetery where a service will be held.
Service: A service will be sponsored by Bert G. Taylor Post # 300 of the American Legion, Luther R. Kolbe Post # 8218 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans Chapter # 30. The service will honor those lost at sea and will be held at Napoleon’s boat launch at 10 a.m. From there, the ceremony will take place at the Henry County War Memorial, where the guest speaker will be William Oberhaus, a Vietnam War veteran. . Pastor Gary Malone of the Christian Apostolic Center will deliver the prayer and a word of welcome will be presented by Napoleon’s Mayor Jason Massell. Special music will be performed by the choir of the Christian Apostolic Center. There will also be wreath presentations, the national anthem, a firing squad and TAPs. Free and limited refreshments will be served at the American Legion’s Bert G. Taylor Post # 300 on Glenwood Avenue after the service where the community group will perform.
In the event of rain, the service will be held at Legion Hall on Glenwood Ave.
Service: The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Ridgeville American Legion. The guest speaker will be Adam Foster, a Marine and Gulf War veteran. The American Legion Post will also dedicate its new howitzer display as well as a dedication of its three veterans service cases. The ceremony will also include a 21-gun salute and the game of TAP. After the ceremony, the Sons of the American Legion squadron will host an on-site or take-out chicken dinner. The dinner will be a voluntary donation with the proceeds going to the Comfort Warriors.
Service: The service will be held at Rochester Cemetery at 9:00 a.m. The introduction will be by Charley Simpson with the guest speaker being Brad Burtch, USA Ret. with a solo by Dan Wilder, USAF Ret. Boy Scout Troop 317 will present the colors and military rites will be performed by John Paulding VFW 587 station. John Paulding VFW 587 station will serve a free meal at the station at 214 North Water Street. The meal will include hot dogs. , baked beans and chips.
Service: The program will take place at 11 am at Live Oaks Cemetery, run by the Paulding VFW Post 587. The invocation will be given by Dr. Shaun Matako with Mark Holtsberry as the service’s guest speaker. Boy Scout Troop 317 will be in attendance with the Paulding High School group led by Taryn Rupp and military rites will be performed by members of John Paulding VFW Post 587. John Paulding VFW Post 587 will serve a free meal at the post at 214 North Water St .. The meal will include hot dogs, baked beans and potato chips.
Service: The service will be performed by the Arcbold American Legion at Memorial Park near the memorial at 10 a.m. Amy Hammersmith, Commander of Post 311 will give a brief welcome followed by a speech on those named at the memorial. An invocation and a blessing will be given as well as a bell sound and a salvo of 21 cannon shots. The TAPs will also be played by a trumpeter. The service will be streamed live on the Archbold Facebook page.
Parade: The annual Memorial Day parade and program will take place on Monday. The parade will begin at 9:30 am, followed by the commemorative program at Union Cemetery.
Service: The program will be at 10 a.m. and chairs will be available. The service will be led by the Continental American Legion at the Memorial Flower Garden on Mahoning Street.
Service: The ceremony will take place at 11:00 am on the south side of the American Legion Post. Music will be provided by the Continental High School Band. A meal will be offered after the ceremony at the Legion Hall.
Service: A Remembrance Day Mass will be held at 8 a.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, followed by a memorial service at 9 a.m. at the fire hall.
A parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the courthouse followed by a ceremony. AmVets arranged for a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Wall to be displayed in front of Ottawa VFW station 9142. The VFW will also be hosting rib and barbecue chicken dinners starting at 11 a.m. The Al Felky Group will be offering entertainment from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with no cover charge.