Northmor Alumnus Pat Davies gives Memorial Day message at Iberia Cemetery
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It felt like old home week for Pat Melcher Davies as she was greeted by friends and acquaintances at Iberia’s Memorial Day service.

Master of Ceremonies Alan Forry noted that Davies is a graduate of Northmor High School and West Point Military Academy. He said that he and Pat have been friends for years and that she worked as an officer of Morrow County Veterans Services before she worked at her present position as Director of the Morrow County Development Office.

Davies got a laugh from the audience when she referred to her years at Northmor and added that she wouldn’t say what year she graduated. Davies pointed to the beauty of the rural setting of Iberia and asked the audience to realize the price that many young men and women paid for the freedom that we all enjoy as American citizens.

“Freedom isn’t free,” said Davies. “Many have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.”

The stirring music by soloist Lynda Wenzel perfectly fit Davies theme that “freedom isn’t free.” Wenzel sang “Fallen, not forgotten and “Hidden Heroes.” After the ceremony Wenzel told Davies that she had planned another song, but when she heard Davies talk about the importance of supporting veterans’ families, she knew that “Hidden Heroes” fit the moment. Especially poignant was the phrase, “hidden heroes wait at home……on the home front.”

Rev. Pat Fruth of Iberia United Methodist Church gave both the invocation and benediction. Elaine Forry carried on the tradition of placing a wreath on Rev. Gordon’s grave. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Troy Sayers and Austin Hadaneusein read Logan’s Orders. Both boys were from Boy Scout Troop 35.

American Legion Post 243 of Galion gave the 21 gun salute and Alan Forry closed the program. Forry served six years in active U.S. Navy duty and recently retired from the Ohio Naval Militia.

The Iberia Memorial Day is sponsored by the Washington Township Trustees. The ceremony follows a breakfast prepared by Tots and Toddlers Mothers Group. The breakfast is held at Cramer Community Center in Iberia. This year was the 19th year for the breakfast with funds going to the Northmor Community Scholarship Fund.



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