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Memorial Day services in Morrow County will be held May 25 and 26 this year. Local observances are:


Memorial Day Services will be held at Bryn Zion Cemetery located at 5520 Co. Rd. 240 Mt. Gilead at 10:30 on Monday, May 26th.

This year’s speaker will be Army (Retired) Colonel Steve Schemine, a native of Delaware, Ohio. Participating in the program will be the combined Color Guard from the Nelson E. Campbell Jr. VFW Post 8054 and AMVETS post 87, led by Dan Fricke and Pastor Jeff Hubschman of Bryn Zion Baptist Church.

Taps will be played by Liam Shotwell and singing of the National Anthem will be performed by members of the Mt. Gilead High School Show Choir. Residents are asked to bring flags for the individual Flag dedication that will be rededicated by Betty Richey.

Please come out and enjoy our service and help us to remember and honor those who served this great country. Veterans of all wars and conflicts are encouraged to attend and join in the ceremony. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in the church. Questions can be answered by Ric Lyle at 419-546-5438419-546-5438.

Biography of COLONEL (Retired) Steve Schemine

Colonel (COL) Retired Steve Schemine is a native of Delaware, Ohio and began his military career in April 1980 when he enlisted in the Ohio Army National Guard. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery of the 1st Battalion 136th Field Artillery as a Cannon Fire Direction Specialist. In August 1982, COL Schemine attended Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning, Georgia and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in November 1982. He has served in a variety of Field Artillery staff and command positions throughout his career. In 2004 he deployed to Europe as the executive officer for Task Force Reaper Sentinel in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In April 2005 he assumed command of the 1st Battalion 134th Field Artillery. As the commander of the 1-134th Field Artillery he deployed to Mississippi in September 2005 in support of Hurricane Katrina relief efforts and to Kuwait in 2008 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following battalion command, he served as the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Effects Coordinator then as the brigade Deputy Commanding Officer. Then in February 2011 he assumed command of the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Rear Detachment.

COL Schemine retired from military service on November 30, 2012.

He recently retired as an Ohio State Trooper with 23 years of service and is currently a Lieutenant with the Columbus State Community College Police Department.

COL Schemine lives in Dublin, Ohio with his wife Rene’e.


The Memorial Day parade at Cardington is expected to be larger and more diversified with a variety of floats, walking units and other groups. The parade will organize at the American Legion Post home at 12:15 pm on Memorial Day. It will step off at 12:50 pm led by Post 97, Unit 97 and Squadron 97 of the Sons of the American Legion. The Cardington-Lincoln High School marching band will follow. The parade will pause at the Veterans Park, corner of Park Street and West Main, where the Rifle Squad with Post 97 will pay tribute to veterans with Post 97 who have passed away during the past year: Gerald Neptune, Robert Miller, Howard Fuson, Dan Walter and R. Doyle Smith.

The parade will resume its route to the Glendale Cemetery where the program will begin at the site of the Civil War monument. Emcee will be Jim Morris, commander of Post 97 and chaplains will be Jeff Sellars, Post 97 and Esther Cellan, Unit 97. Giving the Gettysburg address will be Emily Waters, Cardington-Lincoln High School senior and Jaimie Goodman Counts will deliver Logan’s Orders.

Bringing the message will be Bill Balser, from Post 804, Louisville, Balser has been very active in the American Legion, having served as commander of his home post, District and Department Commander and is completing his term as NEC (National Executive Committeeman). He was instrumental in the organization of Post 284.

Raising the flag will be members of the SAL Squadron 97. The Rifle Squad with Post 97 will give the 21 gun salute to the deceased veterans.

This parade and program is a coordinated project with the Friends of Cardington and the American Legion Post 97.


The 2014 Chesterville Parade and Memorial service is to be held on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014.

8:40 a.m. Parade assembles. Participants must assemble by 8:45 a.m. at the old Highland North parking lot in Chesterville.

9:00 a.m. Parade leaves parking lot. The parade will proceed to the Maple Grove Cemetery where the memorial service will be held beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Parade participation is encouraged! All current active duty military members, veterans, USO and red cross members are invited to ride in a Vietnam-era military vehicle during the parade.

Seating is limited at the cemetery please bring chairs or blankets. Kick off your day by honoring our fallen troops.


Rick Jones will be the speaker when the Memorial Day service is held at the Fulton Cemetery.

The event will begin with the parade which will organize in front of the post office and step off at 10 am following the route to the cemetery. Members of Jenkins-Vaughan Post 97 of the American Legion, Auxiliary Unit 97 and Sons of the American

Legion Squadron of the SAL will lead the parade followed by the Cardington-Lincoln High School marching band.

The program will open with the invocation by Jerry Stephens, pastor of the Vineyard Church of Morrow County. Emcee of the program will be Fulton Mayor Terri Hickman. Courtney Tucker, Cardington-Lincoln High School junior, will give the Gettys- burg Address and Nancy Ciccone will relay Logan’s Orders.

The band will play a special number and members of the SAL Squadron 97 will raise the flag. The Rifle Squad from Post 97 will give the 21 gun salute to deceased veterans. Giving the benediction will be Daniel Coutz, pastor of the Fulton Nazarene Church.

Jones has worked closely with veterans since graduating from River Valley High School where he also taught for many years. He was named to the World War II 50th Commemorative Community in 1954. Over the years Jones has interviewed over 200 World War veterans and has shared some of their experiences with the public through articles in the newspaper and the two books he has had published.

Jones and his wife, LuAnn, reside in Harmony Township.


Iberia area residents are invited to a community breakfast on Memorial Day, May 26, from 7 to 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome to stop by the Cramer Community Center on Township Road 49 (left at the Presbyterian Church) for an opportunity to visit with friends and neighbors and enjoy a meal.

The Memorial Day parade and service will be held Monday, May 26 at the Iberia Cemetery. The parade with area scouts and veterans will step off from Cramer Community Center at 2:45 p.m. The memorial program will begin at 3:00. This year’s speaker is Pat Davies, Morrow County Development Director. Washington Township Trustees annually sponsor the event.

The Iberia Tots and Toddlers Mother’s League prepares and serves breakfast food. Donations are very much appreciated. Proceeds are directed to the Northmor Community Scholarship Fund.

This is the 19th year Northmor Community Scholarship Funds have been presented.


In recognition of Memorial Day, A.B. Rinehart American Legion Post 754 will hold the following services Sunday, May 25:

Shauck Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. (in the event of rain, the service will be held at the Johnsville Methodist Church)

Northfork Cemetery on CR 22 (Waterford Road) at 2:30 p.m. (in the event of rain, the service will be held at the building at the cemetery).

This year’s speaker will be Chief Master Sgt./First Sgt Ric Lyle, Air Force, of Mt. Gilead.


The Mt. Gilead Memorial Day Parade will form at 12:30 pm on Monday, May 26th, at the Cherry Street School. Starting time for the parade is 1:00 pm, leaving the Cherry Street School, following West Union Street, east to Main Street. then south on Main Street to Marion Street, turning left on Marion Street and proceeding east on Marion Street to the Rivercliff Cemetery. Ceremonies at the cemetery will begin at 1:30 pm.

A program is planned as follows:

Invocation: Vincent Melcher, father of the speaker of the day, Patricia Melcher Davies. Vincent enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany.

Welcome, Pledge of Allegiance and Introductions: Led by Tim Sharrock, U.S. Army Officer during the Vietnam Conflict and Mt. Gilead resident.

Placing of Flowers: Women’s Relief Corps., Grand Army of the Republic.

General Logan’s Orders: Tim Sharrock.

Speaker: Patricia Melcher Davies is currently the Director of Operations, Morrow County Commissioners and Director of the Morrow County Development Office. She is the former Morrow County Veterans’ Services Officer. She is a graduate of Northmor High School. Pat also was granted an appointment to West Point Military Academy, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and an appointment as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. During her military service, she was a Support Operations Officer, an Executive Officer and a Shop Officer, supervising over 200 personnel, manager of $11 million dollars in equipment and supplies and was the Officer responsible for repair and maintenance of equipment in support of a rapid deployment armored division and multiple support units. She was on active duty for 4 years, assigned to B Company, 24th Support Bn., 24th Infantry Division at Fort Steward, GA (a Rapid Deployment Forces Unit). During this time, she had 6 deployments to the National Training Center, Mohave’ Desert, CA, 1 deployment each to Korea, Egypt and Turkey. Pat married Ken Davies and they have three children, Kyle, Katie and Kayla.

Roll Call: Earl Gattshall, Mt. Gilead resident, Korean War Veteran, member of the American Legion Post 97 and V.F.W. Post 8054.

National Anthem: Mt. Gilead High School Marching Band, Randy Mann, Director.

Rifle Salute: Color Guard and Firing Squad, commanded by Daniel L. Fricke. Members of the Color Guard and Firing Squad include the following: Harold Clinger, Tom Graham, Harlen Park, Danielle Williamson, Chris Miller and Bill Mills, members of the Nelson E. Campbell, Jr. V.F.W. Post 8054 Gary Dilsaver, Alan Forry, Ray Evans, Sam Beal, Mike McKinney, Duane Rinehart, Jennifer Walters, Jerry Jagger, Brenda Harden, Gary Baker and Jim Bruns, members of the Mt. Gilead AMVETS Post 87.

Taps: Played by members of the Mt. Gilead High School Marching Band.

Following the cemetery services, the parade participants will regroup and move to the Veterans’ Park at the Courthouse on East High Street. A brief ceremony consisting of placing of wreaths by Officers of local Veteran’s organizations, a prayer, a 21 rifle salute, then taps will conclude the Memorial Day events.

Parade participants and theirfamilies are invited to a lunch at the V.F.W. Post 8054 at 4960 S.R. 61, Mt. Gilead following the ceremony.

Named below are groups and group leaders of the parade participants in their respective parade order: Mt. Gilead Police Cruiser; Color Guard and Firing Squad consisting of members of the V.F.W. Post 8054, Commander Charles Moore; AMVETS Post 87, Commander Harvey Smith; Post 8054 Ladies Auxiliary, Mona Littell, President; Motorcade of Mt. Gilead AMVETS Post 87, Brenda Miller, Ladies Auxiliary President; Sons of AMVETS, Squad Leader Ray Busse; Boy Scout Troop 56 of Mt. Gilead, Dave Grossman, Scout Master; Girl Scout Troops, Toni Chaney Girl Scout Service Unit Leader; and Cub Scouts Pack 56 of Mt. Gilead, Jennifer Walters, Cub Master: Mt. Gilead High School Marching Band, Director Randy Mann: Mt. Gilead Youth Softball and Baseball Association and members and units of the Mt. Gilead Fire Department, Greg Young, Chief; and Morrow County Emergency Squad, Jeff Sparks, Manager, Morrow County Emergency Services.

Special thanks to Cub Scout Pack 56 of Mt. Gilead for placing flags at Rivercliff Cemetery. Also, to Mr. And Mrs. Roger Wren for supplying the sound system at the cemetery and to the Mt. Gilead Police Department for traffic control.

Please contact Daniel L. Fricke for information concerning parade participation. Phone 419-947-9437419-947-9437.

The Color Guard and Firing Squad have the following additional Memorial Day Services:

Sunday, May 25 at 11:30 am, parade and ceremony at Marion Salem United Methodist Church (Marion County).

Sunday, May 25 at 1:30 pm, ceremony at Shauck Cemetery, Johnsville.

Sunday, May 25 at 2:30 pm, ceremony at North Fork Cemetery, County Road 22.

Monday, May 26 at 9:00 am, parade and ceremony at Chesterville Maple Grove Cemetery.

Monday, May 26 at 10:30 am, ceremony at Bryn Zion Cemetery, 5615 U.S. Rte. 42N, Mt. Gilead.

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