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Memorial Day services planned in region

Published: May 24, 2017 12:00 AM

Memorial Day services are planned in several communities and locations in Tuscarawas and Coshocton counties:

BLISSFIELD -- Blissfield Services will be held on Sunday, May 28, at 2 p.m. The speaker will be Larry Pew, U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, at the Blissfield Cemetery service.

The Killbuck VFW 7079 will conduct military graveside services in honor of Owen L. Towner, Korean War veteran who passed away on Feb. 6. The Walhonding Rube Band will provide music.

In case of inclement weather, the services will be held at the Blissfield United Methodist Church.

CONESVILLE -- Conesville Memorial Services will be held on Monday, May 29, at 6:30 PM at the village park. Community members will read the names of area veterans listed on the Memorial Wall. There will also be a guest speaker.

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KEENE -- Beginning at 9:30 a.m.Sunday, May 28, a veterans memorial church service will be held at Keene United Methodist Church with featured speaker Air Force Lt. Col. Brian D. Golden.

The Keene Methodist Youth Fellowship will serve a lunch from 10:30 a.m. until noon in the Church Fellowship Hall.

The Veterans Memorial Parade will start at noon led by Grand Marshall Lister Endsley, Walhonding Rube Band and the Coshocton County Sheriff's Department.

Held since 1882, Keene is recognized as the second oldest continuously held Memorial Day parade in Ohio. The Warsaw American Legion Post 634 will give a gun salute at both cemeteries and at the Veteran's Monument.

NEWCOMERSTOWN -- The Newcomerstown American Legion will serve a free meal to veterans and Legion members, along with a guest, on May 29, starting at 4 p.m. and lasting until the food supply runs out. The Memorial Day Service will be 11 a.m. Monday, May 29, at West Lawn Cemetery. Any veterans wishing to march should arrive at the cemetery by 10:45 a.m.

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The Salem Township Trustees will hold the Bethel Cemetery Memorial Services on Sunday, May 21, beginning at 2 p.m. Tuscarawas County Sheriff Orvis Campbell will be the main speaker.

The Newcomerstown Honor Guard will also participate in the services, along with Salem Township officials.

Bethel Cemetery is located on Bethel Cemetery Road off Stonecreek Road (County Road 21) in Salem Township, 5 miles north of Newcomerstown.

PLAINFIELD -- Honoring Armed Forces at Plainfield will be held on Sunday, May 28, at 2 p.m. The speaker will be Nick Schmidt with Home Loan Savings Bank.

The Ridgewood High School Band and choir and the Plainfield United Methodist Church Choir will participate. Community members will read the GAR Rituals from the Book of Service and veterans recognition. Coshocton County Veterans Council Honor Guard will also participate.

Weather permitting, services will be held at Plainfield Cemetery. In case of inclement weather, services will be at the Plainfield United Methodist Church.

PORT WASHINGTON -- The Port Washington Memorial Day service is slated for Monday, May 29, starting at noon in the Union Cemetery. Organizers are requesting area veterans to be present so they can be introduced by name and the military branch of service in which they served.

The guest speaker will be Chaplain Gordan Furbay, who operates Camp Zimmerman between Port Washington and Gnadenhutten. Chaplain Furbay is a graduate of Indian Valley South High School and graduated from the Moravian Theological Seminary in 1980 and became a chaplain in the New Jersey National Guard. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves Fifth Battalion, 15th Field Artillery, and served in Desert Storm and Desert Shield.

Local 4-H groups will be leading the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and the Newcomerstown Honor Guard will honor fallen veterans with a gun salute.

Following the service at the cemetery a parade will travel from the cemetery east on Main Street to the fire station where members of the Delaware Fire District will have barbecue chicken.

The Historical Society will have the Old Town Hall open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come and see the updates and the TV slide show of early Port Washington.

WALHONDING -- Walhonding Valley-Warsaw parade and services will be held on Monday, May 29, at 1 p.m. The parade will assemble on Railroad Street then continue on Main Street in Warsaw and services will immediately follow at Valley View Cemetery with speakers River View High School Voice of Democracy Speaker Isabella Heddleson and Richard Guess, U.S. Air Force Vietnam veteran.

Annie Bosson and Josie Fornara will sing the National Anthem. Music will also be provided by the Walhonding Rube Band.


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