Honoring the last full measure… Memorial Day observances


Memorial Day observances

By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register



A gun salute was included in the Bend Area Memorial Day services held by members of the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 of Mason and the Smith-Capehart American Legion Post 140 of New Haven.

A gun salute was included in the Bend Area Memorial Day services held by members of the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 of Mason and the Smith-Capehart American Legion Post 140 of New Haven.


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A large crowd turned out to pay honor to those military members who died during service on Memorial Day in the Bend Area. Services were held in Clifton, Mason, Hartford and New Haven by members of the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 of Mason and Smith-Capehart American Legion Post 140 of New Haven.


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Incoming V.F.W. Commander Ronie Wheeler places a flower on the Veterans Monument during a ceremony on Memorial Day.


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Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 Commander Ray Varian places a wreath at the Veterans Monument in Mason during Memorial Day ceremonies in the Bend Area Monday.


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Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 Commander Ray Varian is pictured as he reads during the Memorial Day service Monday, held in memory of those military personnel who died in service.


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The V.F.W. Chaplain is pictured as he reads a prayer during the Memorial Day ceremonies in the Bend Area Monday.


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Mid Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival Teen Lillian Bowles poses with incoming Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 Commander Ronie Wheeler following the Memorial Day services in the Bend Area Monday.


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The final gesture during the services held in honor of fallen military personnel in the Bend Area was the playing of “Taps” by Clyde Weaver.


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BEND AREA — As is the tradition for many years, members of the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 of Mason and Smith-Capehart American Legion Post 140 of New Haven marked Memorial Day with services throughout the Bend Area on Monday.

Larger than normal crowds, including many children, attended the ceremonies that remembered and honored those military personnel who died during service to the United States. The events took place at the Veterans Monuments erected in Clifton, Mason, Hartford and New Haven.

Red, white and blue wreaths were placed at each monument, with a brief observance following. A prayer was read by the chaplain, as well as a gun salute, and the playing of “Taps.” An American Flag was placed at the markers in a solemn remembrance.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed on the last Monday in May. Originally called Decoration Day, it is a day of remembrance for those who died in military service for the United States.

President Lyndon Johnson officially declared Waterloo, N.Y. as the birthplace of Memorial Day in May 1966. It was celebrated on May 30 until 1971, when the National Holiday Act of 1971 designated the last Monday in May to be Memorial Day.

The first official observance was held May 30, 1868, under proclamation by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, and involved placing flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

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A gun salute was included in the Bend Area Memorial Day services held by members of the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 of Mason and the Smith-Capehart American Legion Post 140 of New Haven.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2021/05/web1_6.1-Mindy-4.jpgA gun salute was included in the Bend Area Memorial Day services held by members of the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 of Mason and the Smith-Capehart American Legion Post 140 of New Haven. Mindy Kearns | Courtesy

A large crowd turned out to pay honor to those military members who died during service on Memorial Day in the Bend Area. Services were held in Clifton, Mason, Hartford and New Haven by members of the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 of Mason and Smith-Capehart American Legion Post 140 of New Haven.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2021/05/web1_6.1-Mindy-2.jpgA large crowd turned out to pay honor to those military members who died during service on Memorial Day in the Bend Area. Services were held in Clifton, Mason, Hartford and New Haven by members of the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 of Mason and Smith-Capehart American Legion Post 140 of New Haven. Mindy Kearns | Courtesy

Incoming V.F.W. Commander Ronie Wheeler places a flower on the Veterans Monument during a ceremony on Memorial Day.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2021/05/web1_6.1-Mindy-1.jpgIncoming V.F.W. Commander Ronie Wheeler places a flower on the Veterans Monument during a ceremony on Memorial Day. Mindy Kearns | Courtesy

Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 Commander Ray Varian places a wreath at the Veterans Monument in Mason during Memorial Day ceremonies in the Bend Area Monday.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2021/05/web1_6.1-Mindy-3.jpgStewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 Commander Ray Varian places a wreath at the Veterans Monument in Mason during Memorial Day ceremonies in the Bend Area Monday. Mindy Kearns | Courtesy

Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 Commander Ray Varian is pictured as he reads during the Memorial Day service Monday, held in memory of those military personnel who died in service.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2021/05/web1_6.1-Mindy-5.jpgStewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 Commander Ray Varian is pictured as he reads during the Memorial Day service Monday, held in memory of those military personnel who died in service. Mindy Kearns | Courtesy

The V.F.W. Chaplain is pictured as he reads a prayer during the Memorial Day ceremonies in the Bend Area Monday.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2021/05/web1_6.1-Mindy-6.jpgThe V.F.W. Chaplain is pictured as he reads a prayer during the Memorial Day ceremonies in the Bend Area Monday. Mindy Kearns | Courtesy

Mid Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival Teen Lillian Bowles poses with incoming Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 Commander Ronie Wheeler following the Memorial Day services in the Bend Area Monday.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2021/05/web1_6.1-Mindy-7.jpgMid Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival Teen Lillian Bowles poses with incoming Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 Commander Ronie Wheeler following the Memorial Day services in the Bend Area Monday. Mindy Kearns | Courtesy

The final gesture during the services held in honor of fallen military personnel in the Bend Area was the playing of “Taps” by Clyde Weaver.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2021/05/web1_6.1-Mindy-8.jpgThe final gesture during the services held in honor of fallen military personnel in the Bend Area was the playing of “Taps” by Clyde Weaver. Mindy Kearns | Courtesy
Memorial Day observances

By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at mindykearns1@hotmail.com.

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at mindykearns1@hotmail.com.