A flag waves across the headstone for World War II veteran Orval J. Poe at Maple Grove Cemetery ahead of Memorial Day. (Photo by Randy Roberts)


The Hancock County Veteran’s Council will be conducting a Memorial Day parade and services Monday. The annual bridge ceremony prior to the parade will begin lineup at 8:30 a.m. in front of the American Legion, 120 W. Front St. Parade lineup starts at 9:30 outside the Legion. The parade will step off at 10 a.m. sharp and proceed south onto South Main Street and west onto West Main Cross Street, all the way into Maple Grove Cemetery, where services will be held. Everyone is then invited to the DAV, 606 Fishlock Ave., for a barbecue. Contact Hancock County Veteran’s Council President William Johns at 419-721-7275 or findlaybj@gmail.com.


VFW Post 4510 will visit area cemeteries on Memorial Day and give a rifle squad salute after a prayer from the Rev. Steve Ramsey in appreciation for the deceased veterans who have died in service to their country. The squad will meet at 7:15 a.m. at Good Hope Lutheran Church, and the ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the Arlington cemetery. Rick Constien, a decorated career Navy veteran, will be the guest of honor and speaker. Mindy Lotz will lay the wreath in honor of Gold Star mothers.


Bluffton’s Memorial Day parade is Monday. The parade forms at 9:15 a.m at the town hall and starts at 9:30. Services start at 10 a.m. in Maple Grove Cemetery. Bluffton native Terry L. Marshall, retired U.S. Naval officer, is the speaker at the Maple Grove ceremony following the parade. He is a 1960 Bluffton High School and 1964 Bluffton College graduate. The Bluffton American Legion Post will hold its annual chicken barbecue in the Citizens National Bank parking lot from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $8.50 each. In case of bad weather, ceremonies will be held at Bluffton Middle School, 116 S. Jackson St.


The annual Memorial Day parade in Carey will begin at 9 a.m. Monday in front of the Carey American Legion. It will proceed to Spring Grove Cemetery and then to St. Mary’s Cemetery. The Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Carey band will march. Flags will be properly disposed of beginning at 8:30 in front of the Legion.

Fort Meigs

PERRYSBURG — The War of 1812 returns to northwest Ohio on Saturday and Sunday as Fort Meigs hosts its annual First Siege, 1813 reenactment which continues Monday with a commemoration of Memorial Day. Full-scale battle recreations will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visitors can tour the American and British military encampments, meet living historians, and learn about the lives of soldiers and civilians. Hands-on activities are offered all weekend. Returning this year is 1813 Patron. Participants will accompany a squad of American soldiers as they make their way into hostile territory to meet the enemy. Women of all ages are invited to attend a historic tea on Sunday. On Monday, staff and volunteers will honor the nation’s fallen heroes with a special wreath-laying ceremony at 2 p.m. at the Fort Meigs Monument. The ceremony continues with musket firings and wreaths laid at other monuments and burial locations around the site. Fort Meigs is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Memorial Day. Event admission is $11 for adults, $9 for seniors, $6 for students, $2 for OHC members and free for children 5 and younger. Veterans will be admitted free.


A service will begin at 10 a.m. at Fostoria’s Fountain Cemetery, hosted by AMVETS Post 69. A service will follow at St. Wendelin Cemetery.


A Memorial Day service will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday at Gilboa United Methodist Church. A chicken barbecue will follow at 11:30. Tickets are $8. This is a fundraiser for the Harter-Williams Post 536 American Legion. A parade begins at 1 p.m. to the historic bridge in Gilboa for a wreath ceremony. Afterward, a bronze plaque honoring Sheldon Hall will be dedicated at the war memorial wall in downtown Gilboa. A World War II Flying Ace for the U.S. Marine Corps, Capt. Hall flew over 45 combat missions in the South Pacific as part of the VMF-213 squadron. On July 18, 1943, his plane was shot down and he was later awarded the Purple Heart. Music will be provided by the Pandora-Gilboa High School Band. The day’s guest speaker is Gary Baxter, a member of the Columbus Grove American Legion post, a past district commander and past adjutant for the council of American Legions in Putnam and Hancock counties.


Kerner-Slusser American Legion Post 63 will host Kalida’s Memorial Day ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday at Pioneer Park Pavilion, Kalida.


Col. James D. Coomler, U.S. Army, retired, will be the featured speaker for Memorial Day services in McComb. A parade will start at the McComb VFW at 10 a.m. Monday and proceed to McComb Union Cemetery for the service. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held in the McComb School gymnasium.


Kerner-Slusser American Legion Post 63 will host Ottawa’s Memorial Day parade at 10:30 a.m. Monday to the Putnam County courthouse, where a ceremony will follow. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held at the school. Lunch begins at 11:30 at the Legion, 218 W. Main St., Ottawa.


The Memorial Day parade in Sycamore will begin at Sycamore American Legion Post 250 at 10 a.m. and proceed to Veterans Memorial Park, where services will be held.

Van Buren

VAN BUREN — Memorial Day services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Bechtel Cemetery, one mile east of Van Buren. The service will honor veterans and current service members. The speaker will be Nichole Coleman, executive director of the Hancock County Veterans Service Office. During her seven years in the U.S. Air Force, Coleman provided security for the Electronic Security Command in Texas and in Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm. She also provided public relations support and media coverage during Operation Joint Endeavor in Bosnia. At her final assignment at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, she was the editor of the base newspaper, which was placed weekly in Air Force One. Music will be provided by the Van Buren High School Band. Boy Scout Troop 313 has charge of the services and the decoration on the veterans’ graves. The troop has provided this service for the community for more than 70 years. If a grave has been overlooked, contact any Van Buren scout. In case of inclement weather, services will be moved to the Van Buren High School auditorium.