The veterans' organizations of Newcomerstown have schedule Memorial Day services for the community at West Lawn Cemetery, Newcomerstown, on Monday, May 25 at 11 a.m. The service will begin with a march in of the veterans in attendance, boy scouts, girl scouts, any other groups that want to participate and the high school marching band. All being led by the Veterans' Honor Guard of Newcomerstown.
Master of Ceremonies will be World War I veteran Vane S. Scott Jr.
The posting and retrieval of the colors will be performed by the Honor Guard.
The Newcomerstown High School Band will play the National Anthem and several selections during the ceremonies. The invocation and benediction will be given by Rev. Stan Winters.
The student speaker will be Chelsea Bradford, the daughter of Frank and Terrie Bradford, and is a senior at Newcomerstown High School. She plans on attending Youngstown State University this fall and majoring in clinical laboratory science.
The main speaker will be retired Lt. Col. Harry Kenney, a member of the Newcomerstown Honor Guard, American Legion Post 431, Veterans of Foreign Wars 3303 and Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 532. He began his military career as an enlisted man in 1960 and in 1966, he was selected to attend Officers Candidate School from which he was graduated and earned his Commission as a 2nd Lieutenant and his way to a 47-year military career. He has served at many different jobs in the military from being a truck driver, pilot and company commander to name a few. He has traveled all over the world. He and his wife, Carol, have been married for 47 years and have three children and seven grandchildren.
The Memorial Day service is sponsored by the three veterans' organizations. The public is invited to attend and bring lawn chairs. There is a fly-over scheduled for 11 a.m. to honor the veterans.
In case of inclement weather, the service will take place in the middle school auditorium.