The Veterans Organizations of Newcomerstown will be having the 2013 Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 27 at 11 a.m. in the West Lawn Cemetery, Newcomerstown.
The veterans will march in at 10:50 a.m. led by the Honor Guard of Newcomerstown under the direction of the Guard Commander Bud Scott followed by any Scout groups or others that care to march with them. The Newcomerstown Marching Band will follow and take their position in the cemetery.
Dennis Belle will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the service. The Honor Guard will Post the Colors followed by the Pledge of Allegiance by all in attendance. The band will play the Star Spangled Banner under the direction of Joel Hillwig. The invocation will be given by the Rev. Ken Hacker of the St. Paul Lutheran Church.
The high school speaker will be McKaila Goodwin, daughter of Robert and Tara Goodwin, and a 2013 graduate of Newcomerstown High School. She was ranked in the top 10 percent of the class and plans to attend The Ohio State University in Newark, majoring in psychology. She was a four-year scholar, member of the National Honor Society, the cross country and track and field teams for three years, and was involved in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters for four years.
The main speaker will be retired Army 1st Sgt. James Thornton who served 20 years in the Army and four years in the Marine Corps Reserves. He was a 1982 graduate of Indian Valley High School. He now is a service officer with the Tuscarawas County Veterans Service Office. He and his wife live in Port Washington and have two step-children and seven grandchildren. He is a member of the American Legion Post 431 and Newcomerstown Honor Guard, also the VFW Post 7943 of Midvale and their Honor Guard. He also belongs to the Am Vet Post 1338 of New Philadelphia.
Rev. Hacker will give the benediction and the Newcomerstown Honor Guard will fire the "Salute to the Dead." The Newcomerstown Band will play "Taps" to honor all those who gave their lives in defense of this country and for all veterans who have served and have passed away. The Honor Guard will retrieve the colors and march out to end the service.
A luncheon will be served for all veterans at the American Legion Post 431 starting at noon. The veterans will eat at no charge, others will have to pay a small charge.
People attending the service should bring lawn chairs. In case of inclement weather, the service will take place in the Newcomerstown Middle School auditorium.