The Archbold and Ridgeville Corners American Legion posts have announced their plans for Memorial Day, Monday, May 27.
At Archbold, the program commences at 9:30 am, with the posting of the colors. David Liechty, post commander, welcomes the audience, and Paul Lovejoy, post chaplain, will deliver the invocation.
The Archbold High School Marching Band, under the direction of Tim Booth, will play, followed by a program on the Prisoner of War-Missing in Action table display.
Pete Grime, a member of the Archbold Legion and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and US Army, is the speaker.
The program proceeds outside, where Lovejoy will give the benediction.
There will be a tolling of the bell, the firing of three volleys, and the sounding of taps.
Following the event, the Archbold Boy Scout Troop will serve a pancake and sausage breakfast.
Events scheduled by the Ridgeville Corners American Legion post start Sunday, May 26, at 9 am, when Legionnaires visit St. John’s Lutheran Church, Freedom Township. There, they will deliver a 21-gun salute, followed by the playing of taps.
Legionnaires will have the first official raising of the flags on the new flag poles installed in the Ridgeville Park, Sunday at 2 pm.
The Memorial Day program starts Monday, 10:30 am, at the Ridgeville American Legion, and features the community choir and the AHS band.
The speaker is Kathy Nelson, a retired U.S. Navy captain.
A chicken barbecue will follow; proceeds go to the Honor Flight program.
The Pettisville Memorial Day program, put on by the Archbold Legion Post 311, is at 11:30 am, with Liechty and Lovejoy giving the welcome and invocation.
The Pettisville High School band, under the direction of Bobbi Yoder, will perform. Marias Borton, a Pettisville sixth grade student, will read the poem, “In Flander’s Field.”
Grime is the speaker.
A moment of silence will be followed by the firing of three volleys and taps performed by band members Adrienne Schmucker and Dana Fricke.