EATON – Communities across America – and Preble County – remembered those who lost their lives in service while protecting the nation’s freedoms during Memorial Day parades and ceremonies held on last week.
The annual Memorial Day Parade and associated services were held at Eaton on Monday. May 30.
At the first stop on the traditional parade route, Eaton VFW Post 8066 Commander Bob Jolliff welcomed everyone to the brief ceremony at the Main Street Bridge, noting that the purpose of the wreath laying service at the bridge is “ to honor naval men who have been lost at sea, soldiers buried in unidentified graves and those missing in action.
Reverend Lowell Spencer delivered the invocation both on the bridge and at the ceremony in Mound Hill Cemetery.
Nancy Hapner presented the wreath to the bridge. “On behalf of the Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, I place this emblem of eternity,” Hapner began. “Thus, we immortalize the acts of bravery of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who gave their lives on land, at sea and in the air.”
The Eaton High School Band played the Navy Anthem during the bridge portion of the ceremony and played the National Anthem and various military tunes at the cemetery.
Preble County Veterans Services Officer Keith Carr said, “I just want to say what an honor it is to be here today and help remember all of the stories and the lessons that the deceased warriors have provided us and to think of all that they have sacrificed for us.
The guest speaker for the cemetery ceremony was Eaton Municipal Court Judge Ed Kalil.
“You can tell by my uniform that I’m also a scout leader,” Kalil said. “So being here is an honor on many levels. When I was initially asked to say a few words, I took the advice of Larry Showalter, who told me to say a few things about Memorial Day – specifically things I didn’t know. Well, being a judge, he thought I would know everything. No. I researched Memorial Day and found out it was originally called “Decoration Day».
Kalil then shared the history of Memorial Day, from its inception in New York City in May 1866 to 1968, when Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May beginning in 1971.
“In 1918, in addition to wearing poppies to celebrate the end of World War I, Memorial Day became a holiday to celebrate all those who had given their life and service for every war, not just the Civil War. , which started out like,” Kalil said.
Local singing group Something Good performed and Boy Scout Troop 78 held a flag folding ceremony. The Preble County Honor Guard provided a 21-gun salute and played taps to close the ceremony.
Communities across America — and Preble County — remembered those who lost their lives in service while protecting the nation’s freedoms in Memorial Day parades and ceremonies held last week. . The annual Memorial Day Parade and associated services were held at Eaton on Monday. May 30.
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