The annual Memorial Day Service of the Sinking Spring Memorial Association was held Monday, May 30, 2016 at the Sinking Spring Community Church.
This service is the oldest running service in Highland County, dating all the way back to the ending of the Civil War. Music, special readings and a keynote speaker all highlighted the event.
A parade of flags, bikes, strollers and golf carts made a fantastic ending on this beautiful day. Steve Holland, president of the Memorial Day Association, opened the service. He welcomed all who were there and asked his son, Luke, to come up to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
The keynote speaker was Terry Dean, a wounded veteran of the Iraqi Freedom mission. He served in the Ohio National Guard and was a combat engineer. He and his wife, Alissa (Parry), reside in Hillsboro with their daughters, Gracie and Kendall. Luke Holland, a second grade student at Hillsboro Elementary and resident of Sinking Spring, then gave a special reading. There were 14 veterans present who were honored during the service.
These veterans stood, gave their name and branch, and then shared where and when they served. This was a humbling time in the service as some shared special times in their time of service. The benediction was given by Greg Seaman, pastor of the Sinking Spring Community Church.
The Highland County Honor Guard was there to give the 21 gun salute and play taps during the ceremony at both of the cemeteries. Wreaths were placed at the monuments for the unknown soldiers. The children then decorated the veteran’s graves that had been previously marked with flags. The flag committee, consisting of Larry Parker, Dwight Crum and Tim and Denise Montgomery, flagged thirty dozen graves in Brushcreek Township and one dozen graves in the Pisgah Cemetery.