A beautiful sunny day shone down on the village of Chesterville for the observance of Memorial Day.
The Community Memorial Day Service began with a parade through the village which ended at Maple Grove Cemetery where the community Memorial Day service was held.
Master of ceremonies Mr. Rodger Norcross, retired Chief of Big Joint Walnut Fire District, welcomed the crowd and asked them to take a moment to notice all of the flags on the graves in the cemetery marking where veterans now rest.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by the Highland JROTC and the Invocation and benediction was given by Pastor Jeannie Winters.
In addition to the National Anthem, the Highland Band played a stirring selection of musical numbers.
An especially poignant part of the Memorial Day service is the reading of the Roll Call of fallen heroes of Morrow County which was read by members of Highland JROTC.
A 21 gun salute was performed by the Morrow County Color Guard with Taps played by the Highland band.
Norcross’s message was especially moving as he relayed the story of a veteran that he met who served during WWII. The man had lied about his age and at 16 was stationed in the Philippines at the beginning of WWII. The young man was captured and tortured and was forced to march during the Bataan death march. Norcross relayed that one of the most memorable things the man said to him was that “Forgiveness is freedom.” Norcross shared that although this man had been freed at the wars end, that had he had held anger and hatred towards his captures for decade and didn’t feel that he was truly free until he forgave them.
Following the service a public meeting was held at the Chester Twp. Zolman Building with the Memorial Day Committee .
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