Columbus Grove - The American Legion Post 516 and William N. Witteborg Memorial VFW Post 9648 both of Columbus Grove will work together on 2010 festivities. It will start on Monday at 10 a.m. with a parade. After the parade, services will begin in the park with some musical selections, along with prayer, hoisting of the colors, and a 21 gun salute. Jim Stechschulte will be the featured speaker. The Legion Color Guard and Rifle Squad will go St. Anthony's and Truro Cemeteries to have a rifle salute and taps.
Continental - On Memorial Day a group will be at Cloverdale at the flower gardens at 10 a.m.
A program will be held in Continental; south side of the Legion Hall at 11:15 a.m. Guest speaker will be Rev. Terry Porter, pastor of Dupont Church of the Brethren. The Post hopes residents will help them honor our departed heroes by flying flags at half staff on May 31 from sun up to noon.
Fort Jennings/Ottoville - Legion Post 517 and Ottoville VFW Post 3740 will visit three cemeteries on May 30.
Mount Calvary at 10:30 a.m.
Vaughnsville at 11 a.m.
St. Joseph's at 1 p.m.
On Memorial Day, May 31, the Legion Post 517 and Ottoville VFW Post 3740 will start the day with a 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Mary's Cemetery.
Gilboa/Pandora - Harter-Williams Post 536 and Pandora Post 616 of the American Legion will combine Memorial Day services on Sunday, May 30 in Gilboa. This will be the 88th anniversary of the wreath ceremony at the bridge over the Blanchard River.
The parade will begin at 1 p.m. and proceed to the bridge for the ceremony. The participants will include the Pandora-Gilboa High School Band, Color Guards from various posts in the county, the Putnam County Disabled American Veterans, the Rifle Squad and other groups.
A Memorial Service will be held in the Gilboa United Methodist Church following the ceremony at the bridge. The speaker will be Rev. Tom Graves, associate pastor of the Leipsic United Methodist Parish. Delegates to Buckeye Boys State, Bradlee Doyle and Michael Kohli, will participate. Several musical numbers will also be presented.
Post 536 will have some unique birdhouses on display during the luncheon. They are on sale by donation with the proceeds to be used for community service projects.
Kalida - The day will start at 8 a.m. with a Mass at St. Michael's Catholic Church. After the church service, the program will proceed to the City Building and Fire Department at 9 a.m. The Kalida High School Band, Scouts and guest speakers will be part of this service. The group will then go to Ottawa for a 10:30 a.m. parade, which will feature Kalida and Ottawa-Glandorf High School marching bands.
Leipsic - Parade starting at the school at 10 a.m.; after a ceremony at the Veterans' Memorial at the Sugar Ridge Cemetery by the Veterans' Rifle Squad, there is a spaghetti dinner at the American Legion Hall for all those who attend the ceremony at the cemetery. Those unable to march but would like to participate in the ceremony are asked to be at the Cemetery Veterans Memorial. If there are questions, contact the Nadlers at 419-876-3311.
Miller City - Memorial Day services for Miller City will be held on Monday, May 31. A church service will be held at 8 a.m. at St. Nicholas Catholic Church followed by a cemetery service at St. Nicholas Cemetery in Miller City. Patriotic music will be played by the high school band. Rev. Fr. Robert DeSloover will give remarks. "America the Beautiful" will be sung by Lyndsey Lawhorn and Chad Schnipke. A Salute to Deceased Veterans and Volunteer Firemen will be given by the American Legion Firing Squad, Sgt. Richard Eiden, commanding.
Taps will be played by Marcie Palte, and the National Anthem will be played by the Miller City High School Band. Retreat of the Colors will follow. After the St. Nicholas Cemetery service, a free poppy will be given to all spectators and each participant.
A brief ceremony will be follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, North Creek. Flags will also be placed at four other cemetery graves, North Creek Methodist Cemetery, Palmer North Creek, Palmer Kieferville and Wing Cemeteries.
Ottawa - Memorial Day will be observed in Kalida on Monday, May 31, with a church service at 8 a.m. at St. Michael's Church and a memorial service at 9 a.m.
Memorial Day will be observed in Ottawa on Monday, May 31, with a parade and memorial service.
The parade will move from the corner of Main and Perry Streets at 10:30 a.m. and will feature the Kalida and Ottawa-Glandorf High School Marching Bands.
The memorial service will be in front of the Courthouse immediately following the parade.
This Memorial Day observance is sponsored jointly by the Ottawa American Legion, the Ottawa VFW and the Putnam County Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans and invites the public to join them in honoring our deceased veterans.
In case of rain, the parade will be canceled and the memorial service will be held in the Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium at the Ottawa-Glandorf High School.