Memorial Day weekend is so far shaping up for decent weather and that will be a blessing for the many activities slated to take place throughout the county.
The weekend fun begins Saturday with Milford Fest. The day full of events will include a pancake breakfast, car show, kids games and community-wide garage sales. (See related story)
Monday, which is Memorial Day, will have a host of events spread out across Kosciusko County. In Warsaw, Memorial Day services will take place Monday beginning at Oakwood Cemetery. The annual services will be conducted by John C. Peterson Post No. 49 and James W. Sittler Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1126. The Color Guard, firing squad and other organizational units will form in front of the sexton’s office and begin marching to the amphitheater at 10:55 a.m.
The program will take place at the cemetery band stand, with special music by the Kosciusko County Extension Choir. The posting of colors will be done by a combination of both Color Guards. Commander of Post No. 49, Roy Bradbury, will conduct a welcome, followed by an invocation by Chaplain Tom Everett.
Ken Locke of The Salvation Army will provide the Memorial Day address and roll call of deceased veterans will be conducted by Mike Davis and Larry Criswell.
After the colors have been retired, the program will proceed to GAR Circle and Legion Circle No. 2 where a presentation of a wreath will be placed on Legion Circle No. 2 by Commander Roy Bradbury and Auxiliary President Cindy Peters. Taps will follow the presentation.
A carry-in dinner will be held at American Legion Post No. 49, Warsaw, following the program. Entertainment will be provided by Mel Mullins.
Other activities taking place in Kosciusko County for Memorial Day weekend are as follows:
There is not going to be a Memorial Day ceremony in Claypool this year.
A service honoring veterans at 10 a.m. Sunday at Etna Green Church of Christ with Pastor Joe Lampton speaking. Immediately after, a service will take place at Etna Green Cemetery with a color guard presentation and laying of the wreath.
A Memorial Day parade and service, with a parade starting at 10:30 a.m. Monday. Line-up starts at 10:15 a.m. After the parade, a service will take place at Leesburg Cemetery.
There is not going to be a Memorial Day ceremony in Mentone this year.
The parade in Milford will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, with line-up beginning at 9 a.m. The parade will stop briefly at the war memorial at Milford Town Hall and then continue to Milford Cemetery. After the parade, there will be a service at approx. 11 a.m. at the cemetery.
Services and a parade will be on Monday. A service will be at 9:30 a.m. at Thorn Cemetery, 9:45 a.m. at Salem Cemetery, and 10 a.m. at Mock Cemetery, 10:30 a.m. at American Legion Post No. 253, and 11:15 a.m. at North Webster Cemetery. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. in downtown North Webster. A flag-raising ceremony will be at noon at the Legion.
A parade will start at 10:45 a.m. Monday, followed by a ceremony at 11 a.m. at Brower Park. After the ceremony, a carry-in dinner will take place at the American Legion Post No. 258. New officers will be installed in a ceremony at 2 p.m.
A veterans ceremony will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lakeview Cemetery.
A parade will start at 1:30 p.m. Monday. After the parade, there will be a ceremony at Syracuse Cemetery.