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Memorial Day Programs

Two Lt. Cols. and Army Wife Speak

American Legion Posts in Archbold, Pettisville, and Ridgeville Corners have announced their Memorial Day services.

Memorial Day is Monday, May 26. The public is welcome at all three events.


Members of the Buehrer- Lauber-Weckesser American Legion Post 311 present a service at the Archbold Knights of Columbus Rebeau Hall, West Lutz Road.

Services begin at 9:30 am with the entry of the color guard.

The Archbold High School Band will perform a medley of songs of the United States Armed Services.

Paul Lovejoy, post chaplain gives the invocation, followed by Scott Dominique, second vice post commander, who will outline the order of service.

Lovejoy will introduce Barb Grime, president of the Archbold American Legion Auxiliary.

Grime will introduce guest speaker Tanya Biank.

Biank is the wife of Michael Marti, a 1985 AHS grad and U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who is a military intelligence officer.

Biank is no stranger to military life. During her father’s 30-year career in the Army, she grew up on military posts all over the world.

A Fulbright Scholar and university graduate, she is an award-winning journalist and syndicated columnist.

She is author of Army Wives: The Unwritten Code of Military Marriage, which is the basis for a weekly television drama on a cable TV network.

As a journalist specializing in military issues, she has traveled around the world with U.S. troops, writing about military lifestyle.

She and her husband reside in Alexandria, Va. They have a 19-month-old son.

Following the service, Archbold Boy Scout Troop 63 will serve breakfast.


The Pettisville Memorial Day service features a parade. The program starts with a 9:45 am assembly at the Pettisville Park. The parade leaves the park, heads west on Dame St., turns south on Maple Ave. and proceeds to the Pettisville Cemetery.

The PHS band plays “Cotton King,” followed by Kurt Rychener, Pettisville Legion post chaplain, presenting the invocation.

Paul VanSickle, post commander, gives the introduction. Josiah Hoops, a Pettisville sixth grader, will read the poem, In Flanders Field.

Jeffrey A. Kruse, a PHS graduate and U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, is the featured speaker.

Kruse is a career intelligence officer who has served in a variety of leadership positions. He has commanded two USAF squadrons, served as deputy director of intelligence for Seventh Air Force, and was special assistant to the commander in chief, U.S. Strategic Command.

He has been stationed at a number of U.S. bases around the world.

He is working on a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy at the National Defense University, Washington, D.C.

He has been selected for promotion to colonel in 2008.

Following Kruse’s address there will be a minute of silence for a tolling of the bell, a rifle salute, and “Taps,” played by Andy Switzer.

The group goes to the Lutheran cemetery, where the band will play “March America,” the squad will fire a salute, and Josh Kopfenstein will play “Taps.”

A community potluck follows in the Pettisville Park at 11:30 am.

In case of inclement weather, the service will be held at the school, starting at 10 am.

Ridgeville Corners

The Ridgeville Corners post will hold its Memorial Day service at the Ridgeville Legion Building, on Henry Co. Rd. 19 south of U.S. 6.

Ted Ripke, post commander, said the program starts at 10:30 am with a performance by the Ridgeville Community Choir. The Archbold High School Band will perform throughout the service.

There will also be a children’s flag ceremony.

The speaker is Steven Nordhaus, a lieutenant colonel with the Ohio Air National Guard 180th Tactical Fighter Wing.

Nordhaus is the air sovereignty alert commander for the 180th. His job is to insure the Wing is prepared to fulfill its Homeland Defense mission in support of the First Air Force, Northern Command.

He is a command pilot with more than 3,000 flying hours and 83 combat missions.

He lives in Maumee with his wife, Shannon, and five children.

During the service, the Ridgeville Corners Legion Post will dedicate three memorial plaques, which include military uniforms and other memorabilia.

Post members who are active duty members of the 180th will present photos of two pilots who were killed.

Legion members and the audience will move outside for the firing of a 21-gun salute and flyover by aircraft of the 180th.

A potluck dinner follows.

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