Freedom and sacrifice, service and sense of duty are all part of the Memorial Day services planned for the end of the month.
The American Legion began putting up the flags last week end to remind the Tri-Village community of this time of remembrance.
The annual service schedule has been announced. The New Madison memorial services are set for May 27. The color guard will be the Otterbein Cemetery at 11 a.m., at Fort Jefferson at noon and Green Mound Cemetery at 2 p.m.
At the New Madison service, Dennis Dickey will be the speaker. He is Past Third District Commander. Adding to the reverence will be Del Braund Jr., bagpiper. Del is from New Madison but presents his bagpipe sounds at events throughout the Miami Valley.
The Hollansburg Legion will be marking Memorial Day on May 28. The service will be conducted at the Palestine Cemetery at 10 a.m., then Longtown at 11 a.m. and concluding at the Hollansburg Cemetery at 1 p.m. where John Kennedy will be the speaker.
The Legion auxiliary will again sponsor Poppy Days on May 25 and 26.
May is the month of happy smiles as graduates receive diplomas and degrees to show the conclusion of their educational experience. It is the commencement of the next chapter.
Edison State Community College held its commencement on May 11. The following local residents were honored: Kayla Marie Burke, New Madison, (high honors); Kara Hollinger, New Madison, (honors); Damion Cook, New Madison; Joshua Hollinger, New Madison; Kaitlyn Brianna Howard, New Madison, (honors); Macy Kay Schepis, Hollansburg, (honors); Dana Puterbaugh, Hollansburg, (high honors). Congratulations!
The Tri-Village and New Madison alumni dinner is planned for Saturday. If you missed getting in a reservation, contact Monyca Schlechty. The evening is devoted to gathering back the friends and faces of the past. You can enjoy the past, learn about the present and, maybe, plan for a future gathering.
Garage sales are May 31 and June l and 2. Sort and stack, box and bag because your items may find a new life with a buyer. At the same time it feels good to reduce the items we all tend to stack on shelves and keep in closets.
The 5K race is set for June 2 and chicken will be available at the firehouse. It makes for a busy week end in New Madison.
If you are curious about the scaffolding and work at the United Methodist Church, it is repair time. I am told it is point tucking, replacing mortar in the brick.
Watch for farm equipment moving on the roadways. Plant your flowers and seeds.