Honoring our fallen heroes


Memorial Day service remembers those who died

By Anthony Conchel - And Alberta Stojkovic - The Sentinel



Veterans and their families were joined by the community to observe Memorial Day Monday afternoon at Rivercliff Cemetery in Mount Gilead. • More photos online at morrowcountysentinel.com

Veterans and their families were joined by the community to observe Memorial Day Monday afternoon at Rivercliff Cemetery in Mount Gilead. • More photos online at morrowcountysentinel.com


Anthony Conchel | The Sentinel

Members of the Mount Gilead High School marching band played “Taps” during the observance.


Anthony Conchel | The Sentinel

World War II Veteran and Johnsville High School graduate, Cecil Denton, 93, marched the full length of the parade from Cherry Street School to the cemetery and then to the Veterans Memorial at the Morrow County Courthouse.


Alberta Stojkovic | The Sentinel

MOUNT GILEAD — The day was beautiful; the message somber.

Speaker Frank Hickman II reminded the several hundred gathered at Rivercliff Cemetery under sunny skies Monday afternoon what Memorial Day signifies. It is set aside to remember and honor men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

“This is a solemn celebration. Today we preserve their memory, their service and their sacrifice,” Hickman said.

Eighty-five men from Morrow County gave their lives in four wars — 29 in World War I, 43 in World War II, 5 in the Korean War and 8 in Vietnam. Pastor Jeff Canankamp read each of their names.

“They died to protect our freedoms across this country, including religious freedom and the right to assemble as we are today,” Hickman said. “We must keep their memory and their story alive.”

The Mount Gilead High School marching band played “Taps” and Boy Scout Troop 56 placed flowers on grave sites.

Hickman thanked all veterans at the ceremony and asked them to raise their hands to be acknowledged. He had a special thank you and “welcome home” for Vietnam veterans, recalling that they never got that kind of a welcome home when they returned.

“There were 58,000 who didn’t come home from Vietnam. What would they ask of us?” he said.

In closing, Hickman, who served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, told the crowd of the ultimate sacrifice made by those in all branches of service.

Hickman told the story of his uncle, who died at age 19 in a crash of a B-17 bomber. He also remembered his classmate, Phillip Moore, a U.S. Marine who died in Vietnam in 1967 at age 22.

“They gave the last full measure of their devotion. They gave their lives. Lest we forget.”

Many residents carried small American flags or wore other symbols of the Red, White and Blue like Maggie Broadwater and her daughter Morrigan.

Other communities including Marengo, Iberia, Cardington, Johnsville and others held ceremonies Monday.

Veterans and their families were joined by the community to observe Memorial Day Monday afternoon at Rivercliff Cemetery in Mount Gilead. • More photos online at morrowcountysentinel.com
https://www.morrowcountysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2019/05/web1_hickmans.jpgVeterans and their families were joined by the community to observe Memorial Day Monday afternoon at Rivercliff Cemetery in Mount Gilead. • More photos online at morrowcountysentinel.com Anthony Conchel | The Sentinel

Members of the Mount Gilead High School marching band played “Taps” during the observance.
https://www.morrowcountysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2019/05/web1_girlhorn.jpgMembers of the Mount Gilead High School marching band played “Taps” during the observance. Anthony Conchel | The Sentinel

World War II Veteran and Johnsville High School graduate, Cecil Denton, 93, marched the full length of the parade from Cherry Street School to the cemetery and then to the Veterans Memorial at the Morrow County Courthouse.
https://www.morrowcountysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2019/05/web1_IMG_20190527_141838_2.jpgWorld War II Veteran and Johnsville High School graduate, Cecil Denton, 93, marched the full length of the parade from Cherry Street School to the cemetery and then to the Veterans Memorial at the Morrow County Courthouse. Alberta Stojkovic | The Sentinel
Memorial Day service remembers those who died

By Anthony Conchel

And Alberta Stojkovic

The Sentinel