MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAMS
Canfield American Legion Post 177 will present the 93rd annual Memorial Day service at 10 a.m. May 26 on the Canfield Green.
A march down East Main Street follows to a second ceremony at the Canfield East Cemetery, then returns to the War Vet Museum for a third ceremony at The Wall of Honor. Retired Army Colonel Charles M. Coleman is the guest speaker. Music will be provided by the Canfield High School Band.
A Memorial Day program begins at 11 a.m. May 25 at Ellsworth Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9571.
Memorial Day services will be held on Sunday, May 18, in Hanoverton. The United High School band will lead the parade to Betz Park for the service at 2 p.m.
The Rev. Tom Allmon will give the invocation. The featured speaker will be United Local Superintendent Steve Viscounte. The Gettysburg Address will be delivered by Travis Miller. In the event of rain, services will be held in the Hanoverton Presbyterian Church.
The Salem Memorial and Patriotic Association has announced that Salem’s 150th Memorial Day activities will be held on May 26. This year’s honorary parade marshall is Hubert Brown with Major General Jay G. Santee as speaker.
The day commences with a free breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Memorial Building at 785 E. State St. for all veterans and invited guests participating in the parade. The breakfast will be hosted by the association.
A city-wide memorial service will be conducted at 9 a.m. on the Village Green, located at the southeast corner of Lincoln and State Street.
The line-up for the Memorial Day Parade is at 9:30 a.m. on South Broadway Avenue. The parade commences at 10 a.m. and will proceed from Broadway to State Street, Lincoln Avenue, to Hope Cemetery. A formal ceremony will be conducted at the cemetery with full military honors at approximately 11 a.m. In the event of inclement weather, the memorial service will be conducted at the Kent State University City Center at 230 N. Lincoln Ave. For more information contact 330-332-9810 or email@example.com.
LTC Ronald S. Gesaman of Fox Army Health Center at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama will be the featured speaker at the Memorial Day remembrance at 3 p.m. May 18 at the Glenn Bennett Memorial Playground in Winona. Gesaman is a 1980 graduate of United Local and grew up in the Winona area. The parade will form at Hall Park at 2:30 p.m. and proceed to the playground for the ceremony. The public is invited and asked to bring a lawn chair. For more information call 330-429-4249.
The Washingtonville/Leetonia Memorial Day activities on May 26 kick off with a “Toast at the Post” honoring deceased veterans at 9 a.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5532 in Washingtonville.
The parade will form at the A1 Processing parking lot, 325 W. Main St., Washingtonville. It is noted that this is a change of location from previous years. The parade will begin at 10 a.m., proceeding to the Veterans Memorial at VFW Post 5532. The Leetonia High School band, under the direction of Randy Rodik, will participate. Local youth and civic organization are invited to join the parade.
Keynote speaker will be Mark Drewnoski, a Leetonia native and a six year Navy veteran who served during the Iranian hostage crisis and received the Expeditionary Ribbon. Drewnoski is a past Post 5532, Columbiana County Council, and District Six VFW commander. He has also served as the Ohio VFW Voice of Democracy chairman. He is employed as the patient advocate at the Youngstown Veterans Outpatient Clinic.
Following the service, a wreath-laying ceremony will be held at Oakdale Cemetery in Leetonia at the gravesite on Medal of Honor recipient Ralph E. Dias.
The Memorial Day activities are sponsored by York Drexler Post 5532, VFW Post 5532 and Joe Williams Post 131 American Legion of Leetonia. Lunch will be served at both locations following the program.
The West Township Memorial Association has announced the services for Memorial Day on May 26 will be held at Moultrie Chapel on state Route 172, Moultrie. The march to decorate the graves begins at 2 p.m., led by the Don V. Cross American Legion Post #357 of Minerva. Liam Billiter, a fifth grader from Minerva Elementary, will recite the Gettysburg Address. Patriotic music and taps will be provided by the Minerva Community Band.
The program inside the chapel includes speaker Major General Dan Hahn of North Canton. Special music will be provided by Tony Russo of Hanoverton. Troy Haynam will give the invocation and benediction. Congregational singing will follow. At the conclusion of the services, ice cream will be served.
Maj. Gen. Hahn retired from the army as a major general in October 2009 with 36 years of service. He grew up in Ohio, graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1973 and commissioned a second lieutenant. His served throughout the U.S. and the world.
He commanded an artillery battalion during Desert Shield/Desert Storm in 1991 and had two assignments in the Pentagon on the Joint and Army Staffs. He served six different tours in Europe and one in Korea. Promoted to brigadier general in 2001, he had two tours in Iraq; 2003 as chief of staff of ground forces and 2006 as deputy commander of Multi-National Corps. His last assignment (2007-09) was senior operations officer at a NATO headquarters in the Netherlands with responsibility for NATO Afghanistan operations.
Maj. Gen. Hahn has numerous awards and decorations including the Distinguished Service Medal and three Bronze Star Medals. He earned a bachelor’s degree from West Point, a master’s in business administration degree from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and a master’s in military art and science from the School of Advanced Military Studies.
He and his wife, the former Carol Charton of East Canton, have been married for 38 years. They have two children and five grandchildren.
The West Township Memorial Association includes Shirley Whiteleather Fox, president; Jeff Haynam, vice president; Edgar Haynam, secretary: Elmer Steves, treasurer; and members William Ellis, Diana Haynam Richeson and Michael E. Ray.