LIMA — Remember and honor.
Monday is Memorial Day. A time to remember those who serve in our armed forces, and to honor those who gave their lives in that service.
In Lima, the honors will begin with a parade downtown and end with a service at Memorial Hall.
“We will have about 75 units in this year’s parade,” said Mark Moore, president of the Allen County Veteran Council and organizer of the annual Lima parade.
Naturally, that will include five high school bands, some floats, and area first-responders. A highlight of this year’s parade will be the appearance of an M1A1 tank, as well as a Sherman tank. And this year, Native Americans who have served the country will be specifically honored.
“This is always a special day for people. It’s really not a day to go shopping, it’s a day that a lot of people think about those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. People want to honor fallen veterans and make certain that they are not forgotten,” Moore said.
After the parade, a memorial service will immediately follow at Memorial Hall. “We always get a good response to that too,” Moore said. As in past years, the service will include a wreath-laying ceremony. “And, again we’ve got artificial roses for any kid who wants to lay a rose for a loved one or family member,” Moore said.
Other Memorial Day events in the area include:
Alger: Parade begins at 2 p.m. Monday from the old Alger school on North Main Street. This year’s theme is “Time Marches On.”
Bluffton: Parade begins downtown at 9:30 a.m. Monday.
Gilboa: Memorial services begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Gilboa United Methodist Church. A barbecue dinner, served by the legion, starts at 11:30 a.m. The parade to the bridge starts at 1 p.m.
Harrod: Memorial Day Community Garage Sales run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday in downtown Harrod.
Lafayette: Memorial Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Monday from Washington Street to the Civil War Monument. Led by Allen East’s Mustang Marching Band, parade will include vintage vehicles, first-responders and veterans. Ceremony at the park with Cynthia Wood and the Gettysburg Address by an Abraham Lincoln impersonator.
Ottawa: Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Monday from the Rite Aid on West Main Street. It will proceed to the courthouse, where a Memorial Day service, featuring Ottawa Mayor Dean Meyer, will be held. In case of rain, the parade will be canceled and the service held in the gymnasium at Ottawa-Glandorf High School.
Rockport: Annual Memorial Day service begins at 11 a.m. Monday in the cemetery and progress to the Rockport United Methodist Church, 5505 Rockport Road, Columbus Grove. The speaker will be Pastor Greg Coleman. A luncheon will follow.
Waynesfield: Parade begins at 9 a.m. Monday to Willow Branch Cemetery. A service begins there at about 10 a.m.