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.
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.
WEST LAFAYETTE -- The Friends of Waggoner Cemetery will host its annual memorial services at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 20 in the cemetery on Oxford Township Road 474 near West Lafayette. The guest speakers will be U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs, 18th District, and Ohio Rep. Larry Householder, 72nd District.The honor guard will be provided by the Newcomerstown veterans organizations and the clergyman will be Pastor Harold Sprague of the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.
A covered dish luncheon will follow at the River Greens Golf Course banquet room. Coffee, light beverages and table service will be provided.In case of inclement weather, the entire program will be held in the banquet room.All area residents including Oxford Township or anyone with an interest in genealogy are welcome to attend.The Friends group was founded in February 1992, and the mission is to assist in the care and preservation of the cemetery. Members of the board of directors include Donis A. Emslie, M. Sally Emslie and Michelle A. Carpenter, all of West Lafayette.
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.