Ritchie to be guest speaker at West Lawn Memorial Day services

The 2010 Memorial Day services will take place at the West Lawn Cemetery in Newcomerstown on Monday, May 31 at 11 a.m., which is sponsored by the American Legion Post 431, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3303 and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 532.

The parade of veterans will start at 10:45 a.m. at the road and proceed into the cemetery led by the Newcomerstown Honor Guard, followed by the Newcomerstown High School Marching Band, Boy Scouts and others who wish to join the march.

Master of Ceremonies Vane Scott will welcome those attending, call for the Posting of the Colors and lead the Pledge of Allegiance. The band will play the National Anthem and Post Chaplain Dennis Belle will give the invocation.

Scott will introduce the high school speaker, Kayla Hinds, the daughter of Kevin and Gladys Hinds of Newcomerstown. Hinds will graduate with the Newcomerstown High School Class of 2010. She has been very active in school activities, 4-H and is on the Fair Board. She plans on attending The Ohio State University and major in agricultural engineering.

The band will play a melody of patriotic music. Scott will introduce the main speaker, 2nd Lt. Evan Ritchie who was graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on May 22. He will go to Fort Sill, Okla., as a Field Artillery officer for training, then on to Fort Drum, N.Y., as part of the 10th Mountain Division. He was a 2006 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and the student speaker at the 2006 Memorial Day service. He is the son of Lt. Col. Malcolm and Patricia Ritchie and sister of Kirstin Ritchie, all of Newcomerstown.

The benediction by Chaplain Belle will be followed by the Honor Guards' Salute to the Dead with Taps and Echo, and the retirement of the colors to end the Memorial Day service in honor of all those who have serve the country. A dinner for all veterans will follow at the local American Legion Post Home on Canal Street.

Those in attendance are asked to bring lawn chairs. In case of inclement weather, the service will be in the Newcomerstown Middle School Auditorium.