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The public is invited for breakfast at the Post home from 7-8:30 a.m. on Memorial Day, May 29.
The annual Memorial Day parade begins at 9 a.m. at Damascus Friends Church, marches to the Malvern Historical Society Veterans Memorial for a brief ceremony, then to St. Francis Xavier Church cemetery for a brief ceremony, and then to Bethlehem cemetery for additional ceremonies.
Chaplain Charles Pearson will be the speaker at Bethlehem Cemetery.
Pearson, who would like to be introduced as an Old Retired Marine, married his high school sweetheart, Vernice Wilken Pearson, in 1951.
They have three children, two boys and a girl, nine grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren with another on the way.
He is one of a small group of Carroll County veterans who volunteer to provide military funeral services for recently deceased Carroll County veterans, sometimes traveling out of Carroll County, including to Rittman's National Cemetery. Chuck plays TAPS at these services, a piece he has performed at hundreds of veterans' funerals.
He is a graduate of Malvern High School and enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1950. He rose through the enlisted ranks and was promoted to be an officer, proceeding from a private to Captain. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1971 and decided to get a college degree, graduating from Malone College in 1974. He taught one year at Malone, and seven years at Sandy Valley High School.
Among his many associations and volunteer activity, he presently is: A member and current Chaplain of the Malvern American Legion Post 375. A member and past Post Commander of Carrollton VFW Post 3301. Previous member of the Carroll County Veterans' Service Commission A member and past president of the Marine Corps Musicians Association.
A member of the Marine Corps Officers' Association, and the Marine Corps Association. Member and past president of the East Central Ohio Forestry Association. A lay leader at the Minerva United Methodist Church.
All veterans are asked to march with us in the parade and join with us at the cemeteries, you need not be a member of the American Legion or another veterans' group, nor do you need a uniform. Join other veterans to honor our fallen comrades on Memorial Day.
Members of the Sons of the American Legion, Detachment 375, are also asked to march in a group similar to those who have marched in recent years.
The public is invited to Post 375 after the ceremonies for a complimentary lunch. The Post is located at the corner of Bridge and Grant Streets. Remember there is a reason for Memorial Day it is not just a day off.
Minerva's Memorial Day Services are spread out beginning Sunday, May 28 at Liberty Church Cemetery, 1:30 p.m. and Augusta Cemetery at 3:30 p.m.
On Monday, May 29,: 10 a.m., Valley St. Cemetery with parade to follow to East Lawn Cemetery. Services start at 10:30 a.m.; Heritage Cemetery at 1 p.m.. Firing & taps only; and Moultrie Cemetery at 2 p.m.
West Township (Moultrie)
The West Township Memorial Association announces the services for Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, at Moultrie Chapel, located on State Route 172, Moultrie.
The chapel is located two miles east of New Franklin, north of Minerva. It is two miles east of the intersection of St. Rte. 183 and St. Rt. 172.
The march to decorate the graves will begin at 2 p.m., led by Don V. Cross American Legion Post 357 from Minerva. Maddox French, fifth grader from United Elementary will recite the Gettysburg Address. Patriotic music and taps will be provided by the Minerva Community Band.
The program inside the chapel will include speaker Dr. Leah Chapman Vincent, a former U.S. Navy officer with past tour duties.
Vincent is a graduate of Minerva High School and earned her Bachelor of Arts from Miami University in Oxford. She is a former U.S. Navy Officer, and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Her first tour of duty was as the Gunnery Officer onboard the USS Mustin (DDG-89) stationed out of San Diego, Calif. She spent a six-month deployment in the Northern Arabian Gulf doing maritime security operations in support OIF/OEF during the Iraq War.
Her second tour of duty was aboard the USS Decatur (DDG-73) as the Fire Control Officer. Her ship served as the test platform for a new ballistic missile defense system, culminating in FTM-12, a successful live-fire exercise that was the inaugural launch of a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) from a guided missile destroyer. After deciding she wanted to return to graduate school to pursue a scientific degree, she was discharged honorably from the military as a Lieutenant. She went on to earn her doctoral degree in Emerging Infectious Diseases from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. She continues to serve our country with distinction as a federal employee at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Her awards include the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, three Navy Battle "E" for Excellence awards, the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. She volunteers on the NIH Veterans' Recruitment and Retention Force and as a mentor for the Maryland Girls in Technology Mentor-Protg program. She is currently serving as a Presidential Management Fellow at NIAID.
Vincent and her family, two young daughters, Olivia and Elizabeth, along with husband Capt. Josh Vincent, currently serving in Pakistan, reside in Derwood, Md. She is the daughter of Martin and Carol Chapman of Minerva.
Attending veterans and Gold Star families will be recognized. Special music will be provided by Jean Ellis.
Congregational sing-ing will follow and at the conclusion of the services, ice cream will be served.
The West Township memorial Association includes: Shirley Whiteleather Fox, president; Jeff Haynam, vice president; Diana Richeson, Secretary: William Ellis, Treasurer; and Stephen Smith.