Schedule of Memorial Day events in Morrow County

The Mount Gilead Memorial Day Parade will form at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, May 29, at the Cherry Street School. Starting time for the parade is 1 p.m. 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 p.m.

A program is planned as follows:

Invocation: Jeff Canankamp, Pastor of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Mount Gilead, Ohio.

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

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

General Logan’s Orders: Tim Sharrock.


Kenneth J. Davies (Ken)

U.S. Military Academy, West Point 1985, BSME

U.S. Army, 24th ID, Corps of Engineers

Captain 1985-1992, Airborne, Air Assault

Married – 31 years, Patricia Davies, Morrow County Auditor, West Point 1986

Children: Kyle Davies, 26, Pastor, Married, Wife Ruth, 2 kids

Katie Davies, 21, Ashland University- BSN, Nurse

Kayla Davies, 20, MVNU, Accounting/Finance Major

Lives in Morrow County, Chester Township, Fredericktown, 24 years

Current Employment: Director, WESCO Integrated Supply

Roll Call: Pastor Jeff Cananka.m.p.

National Anthem: Mount Gilead High School Marching Band, Ross Runyan, 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 Graha.m., Harlen Park, Danielle Willia.m.son, Paul Castle, Gary Wholaver, Frank Moore and Bill Mills, members of the Nelson E. Ca.m.pbell, Jr. V.F.W. Post 8054; Gary Dilsaver, Alan Forry, Sa.m. Beal, Mike McKinney, Duane Rinehart, Jennifer Walters, Jerry Jagger, Brenda Harden, Gary Baker, Chad Remy and Jim Bruns, members of the Mount Gilead a.m.VETS Post 87.

Taps: Played by members of the Mount 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 by Jeff Canankamp, a 21 rifle salute, then taps will conclude the Memorial Day events.

Parade and progra.m. participants and their families are invited to a lunch at the V.F.W. Post 8054, 4960 S.R. 61, Mount Gilead following the ceremony.

Na.m.ed below are groups and group leaders of the parade participants in their respective parade order, Mount Gilead Police Cruiser; Color Guard and Firing Squad consisting of members of the V.F.W. Post 8054 and a.m.VETS Post 87; Sons of a.m.VETS, Squad Leader Ray Busse; a motorcade of Commanders and Ladies Auxiliary Presidents of local Veterans organizations; Clarence Keckler and Hildebrand V.F.W. Post 8054; Don Broadwater and Teresa Bowman, a.m.VETS Post 87; Boy Scout Troop 56 of Mount Gilead, Dave Grossman, Scout Master; Girl Scout Troops, Girl Scout Troop 974 of Mount Gilead, Kim Hobson Scout Master; and Cub Scouts Pack 56 of Mount Gilead, John Lee, Cub Master; Mount Gilead High School Marching Band, Director Ross Runyan; Mount Gilead Youth Softball and Baseball Association and members and units of the Mount 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 Mount 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 Mount Gilead Police Department for traffic control.

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

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

Sunday, May 28 at 11:30 a.m., parade and ceremony at Marion Salem United Methodist Church (Marion County).

Sunday, May 28 at 1:30 p.m., ceremony at Shauck Cemetery, Johnsville.

Sunday, May 28 at 2:30 p.m., ceremony at North Fork Cemetery, County Road 22.

Monday, May 29 at 9 a.m., parade and ceremony at Chesterville Maple Grove Cemetery.

Monday, May 29 at 10:30 a.m., ceremony at Bryn Zion Cemetery, 5615 U.S. Rte. 42 N, Mount Gilead.