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Cardington commemorates those who served
By Evelyn Long
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Sentinel Photo/Audrey Mesaros-GaleParticipants in the Cardington Memorial Day service were, from left: Jeff Sellers, chaplain, Bill Balser, speaker, Esther Cellan, unit chaplain, Jamie Counts, who gave Logan's Orders; and Emily Waters, who delivered Gettysburg Address.
Sentinel Photo/Audrey Mesaros-GaleParticipants in the Cardington Memorial Day service were, from left: Jeff Sellers, chaplain, Bill Balser, speaker, E...
More Images: Sentinel Photo/Audrey Mesaros-GaleThis hearse was a unit in the Cardington Memorial Day parade. Owned by Gene Gompf, it is an 1880's era hearse and was driven by Dean Shira from Fredericktown and was drawn by a team of Percheron horses. Riding shotgun is Robert Gompf.
Sentinel Photo/Audrey Mesaros-GaleThis hearse was a unit in the Cardington Memorial Day parade. Owned by Gene Gompf, it is an 1880's era hearse and wa...
Sentinel Photo/Audrey Mesaros-GaleThe American Legion family of Post 97 pays tribute to deceased veterans Howard Fuson, Gerald Neptune, Dan Walter, Bob Miller, and Doyle Smith at the Veterans Park in the Community Park.
Sentinel Photo/Audrey Mesaros-GaleThe American Legion family of Post 97 pays tribute to deceased veterans Howard Fuson, Gerald Neptune, Dan Walter, Bo...
Sentinel Photo/Audrey Mesaros-GaleThe Cardington HIgh School Class of 1964 celebrating their 50th anniversary, ride a float in the parade.
Sentinel Photo/Audrey Mesaros-GaleThe Cardington HIgh School Class of 1964 celebrating their 50th anniversary, ride a float in the parade....
Sentinel Photo/Audrey Mesaros-GaleMayor Susie Peyton and her granddaughters greet the crowd.
Sentinel Photo/Audrey Mesaros-GaleMayor Susie Peyton and her granddaughters greet the crowd.
Sentinel Photo/Audrey Mesaros-GaleJay Axthelm and Jackie Mathews in a cycle unit with trailer and a flag covered coffin.
Sentinel Photo/Audrey Mesaros-GaleJay Axthelm and Jackie Mathews in a cycle unit with trailer and a flag covered coffin.
Sentinel Photo/Audrey Mesaros-GaleThe St Paul Lutheran church and their mini float.
Sentinel Photo/Audrey Mesaros-GaleThe St Paul Lutheran church and their mini float.
Sentinel Photo/Audrey Mesaros-GaleThe Morrow Lanes unit - bowling ball and pin included.
Sentinel Photo/Audrey Mesaros-GaleThe Morrow Lanes unit - bowling ball and pin included.
Sentinel Photo/Audrey Mesaros-GaleThe Suzee-Q's Restaurant with their unit.
Sentinel Photo/Audrey Mesaros-GaleThe Suzee-Q's Restaurant with their unit.
Sentinel Photo/Audrey Mesaros-GaleJim Crawford conducted the POW/MIA ceremony.
Sentinel Photo/Audrey Mesaros-GaleJim Crawford conducted the POW/MIA ceremony.
Sentinel Photo/Audrey Mesaros-GaleJeff Sellers, left Post 97 chaplain and Jim Morris Commander, paying tribute to five deceased veterans at the Veterans Park.
Sentinel Photo/Audrey Mesaros-GaleJeff Sellers, left Post 97 chaplain and Jim Morris Commander, paying tribute to five deceased veterans at the Vetera...
Sentinel Photo/Audrey Mesaros-GaleSpeaker Bill Balser at the Glendale Cemetery in Cardington.
Sentinel Photo/Audrey Mesaros-GaleSpeaker Bill Balser at the Glendale Cemetery in Cardington.
Sentinel Photo/Audrey Mesaros-GaleEmily Waters delivered the Gettysburg Address.
Sentinel Photo/Audrey Mesaros-GaleEmily Waters delivered the Gettysburg Address.
Sentinel Photo/Audrey Mesaros-GaleJaimie Counts giving Logan's Orders.
Sentinel Photo/Audrey Mesaros-GaleJaimie Counts giving Logan's Orders.

Bill Balser, speaking at the Glendale Cemetery during the Memorial Day program, told his listeners that he had just come from the Dayton National Cemetery where he had helped place 20,000 flags on veterans’ graves.


Balser, active with the American Legion and a resident of Newark, explained why Memorial Day means so much to him. His step father was a veteran of World War I; and he had four step brothers who were WWII veterans and “they all came home.” However, it was the death of his best friend in Korea that prompted him to enlist. Because he had experience with signaling devices in his job with the rail- road, he was trained in the Signal Corps and went on to serve during the Korean War.


He urged his listeners to remember the meaning of Memorial Day and the sacrifices veterans, who are friends and family members, made during all of the wars that have been fought to keep us free.


Giving Logan’s Orders was Jaimie Counts and Emily Waters gave the Gettysburg Address.


Jim Crawford, a member of Post 97 and Sixth District Chaplain, conducted the MIA/POW service. Post 97 Commander was emcee of this program. Chaplains were Jeff Sellers, Post 97 and Esther Cellan, Unit 97. The Cardington-Lincoln High School marching band, directed by Jack Boulis, led the parade and played a special number during the program.


Taps were played by Katie Townsend, trumpet. During the brief service held at the Veterans Park in the Community Park, tribute was given five members of Post 97 who passed away the past year. They were Gerald Neptune, Howard Fuson, Dan Walter, R. Doyle Smith and Robert Miller.


The parade which preceded the program, was one of the largest in recent memory. A variety of units marched and included business unit, ponies, motorcycles, walking units and several floats.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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