Services set to honor loved ones


DARKE COUNTY – The following are the Memorial Day services planned in the county this holiday:

Sunday, May 29

Memorial Day services at Teegarden Congregational Christian Church will be held today. Ansonia American Legion will conduct special services in the cemetery at 10:30 a.m. to honor veterans, with the remainder of the service being held inside the church. Pastor Eric Knight will be the speaker.

Memorial Day service at Oak Grove Cemetery on State Route 121, south of Fort Jefferson, will be held at noon today. The Memorial Day service will begin with Laroy Farst Post 245 of the New Madison American Legion presenting the colors. The invocation and benediction will be given by the Rev. Steve Shoop. Special music and taps will be provided by Julie Lemon. The New Madison Boy Scout Troop #149 will place the memorial day wreath. The guest speaker will be Matt Aultman. In case of rain, the service will be held in Fort Jefferson United Methodist Church.

Otterbein Cemetery’s service is set for 1 p.m. today, with the New Madison American Legion Post set to perform.

Stelvideo Memorial Day service will be held at 1 p.m. today. Doug Baker will be guest speaker with music to be provided by the Stelvideo Church band, under the direction of David Bloomfield. At 2 p.m., following the service at the church, American Legion post 140 will conduct a memorial service at Stelvideo Cemetery. American Legion Post 140 will conduct a memorial service at Stelvideo Cemetery. Special music and taps will be provided by Julie Lemon. The New Madison Boy Scout Troop #149 will place the memorial day wreath. The guest speaker will be Matt Aultman.

Van Buren Township Memorial service at Abbottsville Cemetery at 1 p.m. today, and Twin Township’s Memorial Day services will be held in Ithaca Cemetery at 2 p.m. today. Greenville High School NJROTC members and Arcanum High School band performing the services, and the address will be presented by Larry Harter, member of Pitsburg Trinity Lutheran Church at each service.

Greenmound Cemetery’s Memorial Day service will be at 2 p.m. today. Guest speaker will be Ted Bruner, member of the Darke County Veterans Commission, with Delbert Braund Jr., playing bagpipes.

Greenville American Legion Post #140 Honor Guard will be at the Greenville Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 8677 State Route 118, at 3 p.m. today.

Monday, May 30

Memorial Day Services will be held Monday as follows: 10 a.m. Palestine Cemetery – speaker, Pastor Mike Simmons, and 11 a.m. Clemens Cemetery at Longtown – speaker, Pastor Pam King Both services will include participation of Tri-Village Band, Boy Scout Troop 96/Pack 149 and the Hollansburg American Legion Post 708 Color Guard.

Services for Memorial Day will be held in Versailles at 10:30 a.m. Monday. The two local veterans’ organizations — Versailles Post 435 American Legion and Versailles Post 3849 of Foreign Wars — will have charge of the parade and the patriotic services in Greenlawn Cemetery. The posts invite any and all veterans of World War II, Korean War, Gulf War, Vietnam War, peace-time veterans and women’s auxiliaries to march. The parade will form at 10 am. from the Vets Club at the corner of South Center and West Wood streets on State Route 185, then north on Center to Main to the corner of West Street north to Greenlawn Avenue. The program will continue at the cemetery where Lt. Col. Brian L. Snyder will speak.

Greenville Memorial Day services Monday at 1 p.m. under the auspices of Darke County Chapter 57 of Disabled American Veterans, Robert A. Foster commander; Greenville Memorial Post 7252 Veterans of Foreign Wars, Bob Klosterman, commander; and Erk Cottrell Post 14o American Legion, Norman Fullerton commander. Parade will form at 12:30 p.m. in front of Greenville Public Library and advance promptly at 1 p.m. There will be a program at the bridge and at Greenville Union Cemetery. Greenville High School band will perform, and Greenville City Council President John Burkett will serve as master of ceremonies. Emma Price will give Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and speaker will be the Disabled American Veterans’ State Adjutant Kenneth Marcum. In case of inclement weather, services will be held at the American Legion Post 140 Hall at 325 N. Ohio St., Greenville.

Hollansburg Cemetery’s Memorial Day service is set for 1 p.m. Monday.

Memorial Day services at the Gettysburg Cemetery will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday. Participating in the service will be the Rev. Barbara Menke, Gettysburg Mayor Jason Lance and Greenville High School Band and Color Guard. Everyone is invited to attend. In case of rain, the service will be held in the Bible Holiness Church, corner of Clay and Corwin streets in Gettysburg.

Sunday, June 5

Franklin Township will hold its Memorial Day service June 5 at 1 .m. at Newcomers Cemetery.

Monroe Township’s Memorial Day service is June 5 at 2 p.m. at Mote Cemetery.

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