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Services set for Memorial Day commemoration

EAST LIVERPOOL–East Liverpool and Wellsville will offer Memorial Day services to commemorate lives lost in war.

Once again East Liverpool Veterans City Council will begin activities at 10 a.m. at the East Liverpool Wharf with services offered by the Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, Navy mothers, Gold Star mothers and the John Covert Chapter 47 Disabled American Veterans and the color guard along with Bill Johnson, who is chaplain of Veterans City Council.

The parade is scheduled to step off at 11 a.m. sharp from East Fifth Street, a half hour after formation between Walnut and Broadway. Procession will move west on East Fifth Street to Jackson Street, north on Jackson to West Sixth, east on Six before disbanding at Broadway. World War II Naval veteran James McKinnon will serve as parade marshal.

A memorial day program will follow immediately on the steps of East Liverpool City Hall, where one can find a memorial that was erected in 1965.

Bill Ash of the Veterans City Council will serve as master of ceremonies. Mayor Ryan Stovall will offer remarks and lead the Pledge of Allegiance and the Beaver Local High School Band is slated to perform several musical selections.

Johnson also is scheduled to give the invocation and benediction. Tayler Biancucci will recite the Gettysburg Address, while Taps will be presented by Grant Hall, Israel Sluder, Chris Osborne and Alfred Todd.

Those wishing to assist in placing a flag on the graveside of deceased veteran, according to Jim Akins of the Veterans City Council, can contact him at 330-385-3303.

The schedule is 9 a.m. Friday Columbiana County Memorial Park (Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 66), 5 p.m. Friday Riverview Cemetery (Vietnam Veterans Chapter 1064) and both Spring Grove and St. Aloysius cemeteries (American Legion Post 374), noon Saturday Longs Run cemetery (DAV Chapter 47). The American Legion Post 736 had not scheduled a definite time for posting flags at Calcutta United Presbyterian Church cemetery, Crocker Cemetery and Jackson Cemetery≥

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Services begin earlier Monday in Wellsville, where the Wellsville High School will perform prelude music before Don Croskey will emcee the event at 4th Street Memorial Park.

After Mayor Nancy Murray greets the crowd, Don Brown of the Memorial Council will offer remarks with Pastor Mark Blakeley will offer the invocation and benediction, before the parade proceeds to Springhill Cemetery for a final address by Judge Tim McNicol.

Justin Wright will read the Gettysburg Address, Hunter Weekley Flanders Field, Braden Cartwright a hallowed ground reading and the police department along with Olivia Roe and Reba King will play TAPS after presenting awards.

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In neighboring St. Clair Township, events will happen on Sunday. According to the schedule of events detailed by the St. Clair Township Travel and Tourism Bureau, activities begin at noon with opening services at Calcutta Square Plaza. The fireman’s battle is set at 1 p.m. at the grassy area near the Calcutta East plaza, while the chalk art competition ensues at Calcutta Squre. After a hulu hoop contest at 3, the Lions Club hold their duck race. A car cruise by the Guardians of the Children will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. with the day’s event culminating with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

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