Memorial Day program announced for village

WELLSVILLE – Councilman Don Brown, president of the Wellsville Veterans Memorial Council, announced the program for the village’s Memorial Day ceremonies at the Fourth Street Memorial Park on May 26 and welcomed all village residents to attend. “The weather’s going to be beautiful that day, and we’d like to see as many people as we can,” he said at Tuesday evening’s council meeting.

Exercises will begin with a performance by the Wellsville High School band at 9 a.m. Following a welcome from village Mayor Susan Haugh and the raising of the colors, an invocation will be delivered by the Rev. Duane Hetzer. A memorial to fallen veterans will be given by Memorial Council members along with an address by Brown.

After a benediction by the Rev. Hetzer, a parade will form and progress through the village to Spring Hill Cemetery, where exercises will include the lighting of the eternal flame, a flag raising and recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. There will be recitations of the Gettysburg Address, the poem “In Flanders Fields,” and a Hallowed Ground reading by Wellsville High students Shayna Hamilton, Ben Dalrymple and Hunter Mattern, respectively.

Guest speaker Kevan Wain, an officer with the Columbiana County Veterans Service Commission, will speak following remarks by Mayor Haugh and the Rev. Hetzer. Attendees will be invited to sing “God Bless America” with the WHS band before a solo bugle performance of taps, followed by a firing squad’s salute.

Attendees and participants are invited to a pre-ceremony breakfast at 7 a.m. and a post-ceremony lunch at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5647 on the corner of Main and Fourth streets, both given free of charge.

Brown thanked residents for their generosity with the tag day held by the Memorial Council on May 3, netting $934 in a few hours. “This money will be used to buy flags for the veterans’ graves and throughout the village,” he said, adding that Wellsville schools and churches requesting flags can receive them for free from the Memorial Council.

Brown also made a surprise announcement that, at an upcoming date, the Memorial Council will erect a flagpole on the sidewalk in front of the village police department to be dedicated “in the honor and memory of Chief Joe Scarabino,” drawing applause from the capacity crowd in council chambers.