While most area Memorial Day observances have been canceled, several will continue remotely.
The City of Findlay has canceled its parade, but the city and the Hancock County Veterans Services Office will stream a salute to the nation’s fallen from 9-9:30 a.m. Monday. The program can be accessed on the City of Findlay website at www.findlayohio.com/meeting, on Facebook and on radio stations WFIN, WKXA and The Fox.
The program will include a message from Findlay Mayor Christina Muryn; a memorial service performed by Nichole Coleman, an Air Force veteran and director of Hancock County Veterans Services Office; a wreath-laying; a playing of the “Taps” bugle call; a military salute; and the national anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance. The program will conclude with a moment of silence and the sounding of the Hancock County emergency tornado sirens and emergency response vehicles’ sirens.
The traditional Memorial Day parade and ceremony in Bluffton’s Maple Grove Cemetery have been canceled. Bluffton American Legion Post 382 has also canceled its chicken barbecue. The American Legion will place flags on veterans’ graves in area cemeteries as it has done in the past.
Memorial Day services in Fostoria’s Fountain and St. Wendelin cemeteries have been postponed, with the possibility of being canceled. American Legion Post 73 in Fostoria was in charge of coordinating this year’s collaboration of veterans organizations for the city’s Memorial Day program.
North Baltimore’s Memorial Day parade has been canceled. A recorded Memorial Day program will be played at 9 a.m. Monday on several websites, including North Baltimore American Legion Post 539, the Village of North Baltimore, North Baltimore Local Schools and the North Baltimore Fire Department. The program will include several speakers and music selections by North Baltimore High School band and choir students. The American Legion Honor Guard will offer a 21-gun salute and the playing of “Taps.” They will also lay wreaths to honor the town’s unknown dead. Mayor Janet Goldner has requested that churches ring their bells for one minute at 9 a.m. Monday in memory of fallen soldiers and sailors from North Baltimore.
Memorial Day will be observed in Ottawa with a service at 11 a.m. Monday in front of American Legion Post 63, 218 W. Main St. The service will be available on the post’s Facebook page. There will be no parade this year. The observance is jointly sponsored by the Ottawa American Legion, VFW and AMVETS posts and the Putnam County DAV chapter.