Memorial Day events slated in county

Staff Report


MOUNT GILEAD — There are several Memorial Day services in Morrow County on Monday, May 27.

The Mount Gilead Memorial Day Parade will form at 12:30 p.m., 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.

The program is planned as follows:

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

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: Boy Scouts Troop 56 of Mount Gilead.

General Logan’s Orders: Tim Sharrock.

Speaker: Frank Hickman II is from Ashley, Ohio where he grew up on a dairy farm and attended Elm Valley and later, Buckeye Valley, High Schools. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in History along with minors in English and Psychology.

Hickman is a combat veteran, having served four years as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. His service included duty as a platoon leader and staff officer with an Armored Battalion in West Germany, a platoon leader and staff officer with an Armored Cavalry squadron in the Republic of Vietnam and a Basic Training Company Commander here in the United States.

He is a member of the United Methodist Church, he has served on the Board of The Heroes’ Fund, a Combat Veterans assistance group and he has been active in Prison Ministry. In addition, he sits on the City of Delaware Civil Service Commission and the Rutherford B. Hayes Memorial Committee.

Frank and his wife, Diane, have four sons. They currently make their home in Delaware while they are building a new home on the old Hickman farm in Morrow County.

Roll Call: Pastor Jeff Canankamp.

National Anthem: Mt. 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: Tom Graham, Harlen Park, Bill Mills, Frank Moore, Steve Montell and Richard Braddock, members of the Nelson E. Campbell, Jr. V.F.W. Post 8054; Gary Dilsaver, Alan Forry, Sam Beal, Mike McKinney, Duane Rinehart, Jerry Jagger, Brenda Harden, Gary Baker, Chad Remy, Jim Bruns, Don Broadwater, Sam Reeve, David Broadwater and Don Broadwater, Jr., 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 by Jeff Canankamp, a 21 rifle salute, then taps will conclude the Memorial Day events.

Parade and program 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.

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 Mount Gilead Police Department for traffic control.

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


“Honor and Sacrifice” is the theme of the Cardington Memorial Day observance.

The day will begin with registration for the parade at 11:30 a.m. at the American Legion Post 97 home on Park Street. The parade will step off at 12:45 p.m. and will pause at the Veterans’ Park on West Main and Park streets where the Capitol City Pipes and Drums, of Columbus, will perform.

The Rifle Squad from Post 97 will follow with a tribute to veterans who died the past year: Ray Bauman, Kenneth Beveridge, Thomas Edward Ray, Sr., Bernard Piper and John Wolford

The parade, led by the Cardington-Lincoln High School marching band under the direction of John Brehm, will follow the route to the Glendale Cemetery where the program will be conducted by members of American Legion Post 97, Auxiliary Unit 97 and SAL Squadron 97.

The speaker will be Roger L. Friend, Department First Vice Commander. He is a graduate of Utica Sr. High School and a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving 22 years and eight months combined active and reserve time.

He has held all offices in the American Legion beginning with serving his home Post 804 as commander. He is currently appointed to the National Security Council and the National Legislative Council Post 97 Commander Jim Crawford will conduct the program during which he will lead the MIA service.

Giving the Gettysburg Address will be Chantress DeWitt and and Logan’s Orders will be delivered by Grace Struck. Both girls are delegates to the 2019 session of Buckeye Girls State.

Jerry Ruth, Post 97 chaplain, will lead the opening and closing prayers.

Friends of Cardington, sponsor of the parade, will be awarding a first, second and third prize to the Most Patriotic entries in the parade.

Active and retired military personnel are invited to join units in the parade.

Free swimming will be offered at the Cardington Swimming Pool later in the day from 5 to 7 p.m.


Pat Drouhard, retired Cardington-Lincoln School superintendent and lifelong historian, will be the speaker at the Fulton Memorial Day program.

There is no parade this year and the program will begin at 10 am. in the Fulton Cemetery. The Cardington-Lincoln High School band, directed by John Brehm, will provide music.

Mayor Terri Hickman will conduct the service during which Luke Goers, Cardington-Lincoln High School sophomore, will give the Gettysburg Address and Nancy Ciccone, Fulton village council member, will present Logan’s Orders.

A member of the Vineyard Church will give the invocation and benediction and members of Jenkins-Vaughan American Legion Post 97 and Sons of the American Legion Squadron 97 will give the Rifle Salute.

Bryn Zion Cemetery

Bryn Zion Cemetery located at 5520 Co. Rd. 240 Mt. Gilead at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 27.

This year’s speaker will be Kenneth J. Davies, graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Davies served as a Captain with the Army’s Corps of Engineer’s/Airborne, Air Assault Team from 1985-1992.

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 Commander Dan Fricke.

Invocation and benediction by 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 Leigh Conant. Residents are asked to bring flags for the individual flag dedication that will be re-dedicated by Betty Richey.

Veterans of all wars and conflicts are encouraged to attend. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in the church.

Call Ric Lyle at 419-564-5438.


Memorial Day breakfast will be held at the Charles Cramer Community Center from 7-10 a.m. Freewill donation to benefit Northmor Community Scholarships.

Parade and ceremony at Iberia Cemetery at 1 p.m.


Memorial Day parade forming at 8:40 and starting off at 9 a.m. from the old school parking lot. All are welcome to participate in the parade. Please arrive before 9 to get in line. The parade will proceed to Maple Grove Cemetery.

The memorial service will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Maple Grove Cemetery. The speaker will be Col. Andrew Lee, 179th Airlift Wing (Mansfield) Medical Group Commander. Other participants include Highland Band, Highland NJROTC, Big Walnut Joint Fire District, AmVets/VFW color and honor guard, 4-H club.

Contact Charlotte Chipps at 614-832-0171.


Marengo Memorial Day Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. Parade participants meet at 10 at the new park off of State Route 229 (behind the old school).

There is a service at the cemetery sponsored by American Legion Post 710 at 11 a.m.


Staff Report

Correspondent Evelyn Long contributed to this report.

Correspondent Evelyn Long contributed to this report.