On Monday, the village of Sunbury will usher in the summer season with its traditional Memorial Day observance, one of the village’s annual anchor events.
Sunbury’s Memorial Day ceremony begins with a formal program at J.R. Smith Park, moves via parade to Veterans Memorial on the northwest corner of Sunbury Village Square for a brief wreath-laying ceremony, and finally disperses following a final ceremony in Sunbury Memorial Park.
The program at J.R. Smith Park, hosted this year by members of Sunbury Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8736, begins with a 10 a.m. honor guard ceremony, followed by an invocation, a youth speaker, and music provided by the Big Walnut High School marching band.
A roll call will recognize veterans in the audience who have served in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Panama, Grenada, Lebanon, Haiti, Desert Storm, Somalia, Bosnia, the Persian Gulf, Serbia, Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as prisoners of war.
Also included in the day’s activities will be the traditional 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain-or-shine flea market on Sunbury Village Square, hosted by the Big Walnut Music and Marching Boosters.
Sunbury’s Col. Benson Hough American Legion Post 457 will provide the honor guard at the village of Galena’s 1 p.m. Memorial Day ceremony.
Following speakers and a wreath-laying ceremony at the G&T Club Monument and a 21-gun salute, a brief procession will take the proceedings to Galena Cemetery on Walnut Street.
At the cemetery, Galena Village Council member David Simmons will give remarks before the ceremony concludes with another 21-gun salute and “Taps.”
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093