LIMA — Memorial Day is a day in which America honors its soldiers who have died serving our country in wars. It originated in May 1866 to honor all who died during the Civil War. At that time, businesses were closed and soldiers’ graves were decorated. The day was also known as Decoration Day.
In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday which is to be celebrated on the last Monday in May.
Parades and events happening in our region during Memorial Day:
Ada — 10 a.m. Civil War dedication at Civl War monument in Railroad Park, Main St. and Central Ave., Ada.
Alger — 2 p.m. parade on Main Street in downtown Alger.
Bluffton — 9:30 a.m. parade which lines up in front of Bluffton Town Hall, and proceeds to Maple Grove Cemetery. A ceremony is held at the cemetery beginning at 10 a.m. hosted by Bluffton American Legion Post 382. Barbecue dinners may be purchased after the ceremony in the Citizens Bank parking lot, Bluffton.
Celina — 9 a.m. OUR Home Resource 5k at Mercer County Fairgrounds. Runners to start in all white, and while running the course, paint will be thrown or sprayed on the runners.
Cloverdale — 10 a.m. service at the Flower Garden on Mahoning Street. Guest speaker is Bob Kroeger, Putnam County Veterans Service Officer.
Continental — 8-9:15 a.m. breakfast for Post 541 Legionnaires, their spouses and the spouses of deceased Legion members at the Legion. 11:15 a.m. service on the south side of the American Legion Hall, Continental. Guest speaker is Bob Kroeger, Putnam County Veterans Service Officer. Lunch will be served after the service.
Delphos — 10:45 a.m. parade from East Second north onto Main Street, Delphos. 11 a.m. memorial service with speaker Sergeant Paul Joseph, at Veterans Memorial Park at Fifth and Main.
Fort Jennings — 11 a.m. memorial service at Mount Calvary Cemetery; 11:30 a.m. memorial service at Ottawa River Church; 12:30 p.m. memorial service at Rymer Cemetery; 1 p.m. memorial services at Fort Jennings Memorial Hall and St. Joseph Cemetery.
Gilboa — 10:30 a.m. memorial service at Gilboa United Methodist Church. Parade begins at 1 p.m.
Harrod — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Memorial Day garage sales in downtown Harrod.
Kalida — 8 a.m. church service at St. Michael Church. 9 a.m. memorial service at the Pioneer Pavilion. In case of rain, the memorial service will be held at the fire station.
Lafayette — 9:30 a.m. parade starting on Washington Street. Grand marshal is Cynthia Wood, CEO of the Veterans Memorial Civic Center, Lima. Parade ends in front of the 110-year-old Veterans Monument.
Leipsic — 10 a.m. Memorial Day parade with 10:30 a.m. memorial service to be held at Sugar Ridge Cemetery. Barbecue will be held after the service at the Legion.
Lima — 10 a.m. parade from Northland traveling south down Main Street and ending at Spring Street. The VFW will hold a service beginning at noon at the VFW Post 1275, 124 E. Elm St., Lima where wreaths will be laid in honor of our fallen veterans. Speakers will be on hand and the traditional playing of Taps and rifle salute will be presented. A food and bake sale is also taking place.
Ottawa — 10:30 a.m. parade from the corner of Main and Perry streets. The parade features the Kalida and Ottawa-Glandorf High School marching bands. A memorial service will be held immediately following the parade in front of the courthouse. In case of rain, the parade will be canceled and the memorial service will be held in the Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium at Ottawa-Glandorf High School.
Waynesfield — 9 a.m. parade at the American Legion, 104 W. Wapakoneta St., traveling west to the cemetery. A memorial ceremony will be held at the cemetery after the parade.
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.