May 28, 2018
The ceremony follows the Worthington Memorial Day Parade, which ends at the Walnut Grove Cemetery Circle of Honor.
Walnut Grove Cemetery
5561 Milton Ave
Worthington, OH 43085
Memorial Day Ceremony at Walnut Grove Cemetery
Monday, May 28, 2018
This Memorial Day will mark the 98th year that Leasure-Blackston Post 239 of the American Legion has sponsored the Worthington Memorial Day Parade and the Memorial Day Service. The parade starts at the American Legion Post and ends in Walnut Grove Cemetery at the Circle of Honor, where American Legion Post 239 holds their Memorial Day Service to honor our fallen veterans. The Service begins following the parade, which is approximately at noon. It is a touching site to see all of the flags marking over 1,300 Veteran’s grave sites in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Please join us for this special service to honor those who have given their lives to ensure freedom for all and experience the true meaning behind Memorial Day.
Leasure-Blackston Post 239 will be lowering the US flag to half staff, having a 21 gun salute and playing taps at Flint Cemetery, 8187 Flint Road, at approximately 6:00 a.m. on Memorial Day. All are welcome to join them as they honor our fallen veterans. There are over 100 veterans interred at Flint Cemetery.
History of Memorial Day
Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and was initiated to honor the soldiers of the Union and Confederate armies who died during the American Civil War.
Celebrations honoring Civil War heroes started the year after the war ended. The establishment of a public holiday was meant to unify the celebration as a national day of remembrance instead of a holiday celebrated separately by the Union and Confederate states. By the late 19th century, the holiday became known as Memorial Day and was expanded to include the deceased veterans of all the wars fought by American forces. In 1971, Memorial Day became a federal holiday.
The original national celebration of Decoration Day took place on May 30, 1868. When Memorial Day became a federal holiday, it was given the floating date of the last Monday in May. Since many companies close for the holiday, Memorial Day weekend is three days long for most people. It is the unofficial beginning of the summer vacation season that lasts until the first Monday in September, which is Labor Day.
During the Memorial Day weekend, many families visit war memorials and military cemeteries to honor the dead veterans especially if they include relatives. At Washington, D.C.’s Arlington Cemetery, members of the U.S. Army and volunteers place small United States flags at exactly the same spot at each tombstone. The nationwide display of patriotism is touching and inspiring.