Created on Tuesday, 28 May 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Indian Lake area honors veterans
ABOVE: Indian Lake area veterans fire a 21-gun salute during the Memorial Day observance in Lakeview on Monday. (EXAMINER PHOTO | CARRIE ELLINGTON) FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Fred Hall prepares to lay a wreath at a Memorial Day observance was hosted Sunday in the Huntsville Cemetery. (EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH)
By CARRIE ELLINGTON
AMVETS Post 39 presented the annual parade and Memorial Day service Monday in Lakeview.
The parade featured veterans from World War II up to the Iraq Conflict.
Serving as grand marshals and VIPs were Elmer Griffith and Ralph Krouskop, World War II veterans; Gene Rice, Walter Newland, Jim Wickliff and Phil Millstien, Korean Conflict veterans; Jim Coyer, Barney Martin, Bob Clark, Jack Hart and Phil Harford, Vietnam veterans; Shawn Martin, Iraq-Afgahnistan; Pepper Martin, U.S. Navy; Joe Baker and Stacy Alexander, U.S. Air Force; Mitch Law, Post 39 Commander; Jodi Robinson, Post 39 Auxiliary president; and Larry Slotten, Post 39 Sons Commander.
Bill Myers, emcee, shared facts about World War II. The invocation and Pledge of Allegiance were led by the Rev. Jim Ellington, who also presented the benediction. The National Anthem was sung by Elyssa Easton, who was accompanied by the Indian Lake High School marching band.
Lakeview Mayor Ryan Shoffstall read a poem entitled I Stand Before You. Russells Point Mayor Robin Reames spoke of remembering that the day maybe was a day off for many, but to remember the soldiers who do not get the day off and are serving both home and abroad. Mayor Reames then led the crowd in another recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mitch Law and Jodi Robertson placed a wreath beneath the American flag. This was followed by a 21-gun salute, and the playing of Taps by Sondra Neep, a member of the Indian Lake High School Marching Band.
The Colors were retired and refreshments followed at the AMVETS post.
Below are more photos of local events
Local veterans salute after placing wreaths at the conclusion of the Memorial Day service at Bellefontaine Cemetery on Monday morning in remembrance of the many men and women who gave their lives defending the nation. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)
The Frank Castle VFW Post 1080’s poppy queen Terren Maier and poppy king Logan Spencer wave from the back of a pickup truck during the parade through downtown Bellefontaine. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)
The parade proceeds down a hill toward the Middleburg Cemetery during Monday’s Memorial Day observance in Zane Township. (PHOTO | PATTI LEVINGSTON)
Kathy Deardurff and her horse, Sizzler, dressed in bib overalls, walk the parade route. (PHOTO | PATTI LEVINGSTON)
Children wave flags Monday in anticipation of the parade procession in Belle Center. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MIRIAM BAIER)
Keffery Maben stands at attention ahead of a rifle saluteFlags representing each branch of the armed services flap in the breeze Sunday during a Memorial Day observance at Hunstville Cemetery. (EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH)
Spc. Logan Whitaker, left, and Senior Airman Shana Smith had the honor Monday of folding Old Glory during a recitation of the 13 Folds of the American Flag at Memorial Day festivities Monday at Greenwood-Union Cemetery in DeGraff. (EXAMINER PHOTO | RICK PITTS)