The veterans memorial at Liberty Park in Hillsboro recently received its annual beautification thanks to several local residents.
On May 22, members of the Fab Five 4-H Club assisted Rick Tipton, Sherry Hixson, Kathe Chaney, Stephanie Roland and several other volunteers who have maintained the area the past several years.
“The club was more than happy to help them as it was a great way to serve the community and give back to those that give so much for us,” 4-H club member Sara Newsome reported.
The group held a short meeting that educated the 4-H members on what it means to be a veteran and what the memorial represents. Then they all got to work laying mulch and cleaning up the surrounding area.
The project was supported by Support Our Troops Of Highland County; a donation in memory of 1st Sgt. Phillip R. Vergamini, U.S. Army, retired; Hillsboro VFW Post 9094; and Shawn Wilkin and his masonry students from Laurel Oaks. The completion of the project was fulfilled with the placement of new flags, which were provided by the Highland County Veterans Service Office and the city of Hillsboro Water Plant.
Members that were in attendance were Blake Adams, Noah Allering, Caitlin Campbell, Nolan Campbell, Lathan Cockerill, Otis Cockerill, Lucas Craycraft, Hunter Davidson, Faith Donley, Emma Fraysier, Thomas Fraysier, Abby Hall, Jobey Hattan, Layla Hattan, Landry Hattan, Justin Jenkins, Aubrey McKenzie, Wyatt Morrow, Cole Newsome, Sara Newsome, Allie Pavey, Shelby Rice, Haley Shoemaker, Avery Teeters, Reece Teeters, Ginny Trent, Maddie Wiseman and Kobly Young.
Others helping included Phil and Ronna Actor, Amanda Hall, Tammy and Terry Newsome, Kim Adams, Quinton Beatty, Mike Allering, Bridgette Campbell, Cori Cockerill, Tate Cockerill, Mary Beth Craycraft, Loren O’Cull, Jennifer Fraysier, Leslie Hattan, Stephanie Morrow, Kim Pavey, Emily Rice, Brittany Baldwin, Travis Teeters, Angie Trent, Steven Wiseman and Aaron Baldwin.
Meanwhile, several Memorial Day observances are planned this week in and around Highland County.
In Hillsboro, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine will be the featured speaker, according to VFW Post 9094 Commander Rick Wilkin. The observance will take place on Memorial Day, May 29, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Highland County Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Highland County Courthouse. Also participating will be the Highland County Veterans Honor Guard. Members of the Hillsboro High School band will be on hand to perform. Wilkin said bleacher seating will be available.
Wilkin said the Memorial Day service is to “honor the ones who made the ultimate sacrifice” for their country.
In Greenfield, the Concerned Veterans of Greenfield will hold the annual observance beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, May 29. Parade units will gather at the school colonnades around 9:30 a.m. and proceed to the Greenfield Cemetery, with a stop at the veterans memorials on the City Building law in between. The grand marshal will be Edward “Bucky” Rooks. The featured speaker will be the Rev. Terry Washburn, portraying Gen. John E. Hull. Following the ceremony, the Greenfield Historical Society’s Cemetery Stroll will take place, featuring World War I veterans, at the Greenfield Cemetery.
In Pricetown, annual Memorial Day activities at the Pricetown Church of Christ will be held Monday, May 29 with a march to the cemetery beginning at 10 a.m. Peter Fields will be the honored veteran at the service in the cemetery. The main program at the church will begin at 11 a.m. and will feature traditional Memorial Day music, the presentation of Honor Quilts to veterans, and the keynote speech from Gary Smaltz, a retired ES master sergeant who served 31 years in the Army Reserve. A community fellowship dinner will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. The dinner is sponsored by the Pricetown Church of Christ and is free to everyone. The public is invited to all the events.
In Sinking Spring, Memorial Day services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 29 at the Sinking Spring Community Church. The Women in Ministry will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the church’s fellowship hall. The menu will include hot dogs, coneys, BBQ, cole slaw, baked beans, chips, brownies and cookies, and pop and water. A freewill donation will be accepted. All veterans eat for free.
In South Salem, parade lineup will begin at 1:45 p.m. at the cemetery behind the Buckskin School. A ceremony in the cemetery in will begin at 2 p.m. The annual South Salem United Methodist Church Strawberry Social will start at 3 p.m. at the church. All the food will be homemade. Donations will be accepted.
In Buford, the Buford Cemetery will once again be the site of veterans being honored on Memorial Day at 11 a.m. If you would like to participate in the parade be at the old Buford School at 10:45 a.m. This year’s guest speaker will be Alex Butler.
In Bainbridge, there will be a Memorial Day parade at 2 p.m. Monday, May 29. Children are invited to decorate a bicycle or any other legal mode of transportation and take part. All kids who take part will received a prize. Lineup is at 1:30 p.m. on Maple Street near Main Street.