Memorial Day ceremony at Clay High School

Staff Writer

The Greater Toledo Chapter 35 of the Vietnam Veterans of America and Alumni of Clay High School will conduct the annual Memorial Day Observance Ceremony May 29, at 11 a.m. The ceremony will take place at Clay High School's Memorial Stadium.
Memorial Stadium is the site of the school's World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and Defense of Freedom memorials, honoring those who served and remembering the veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Jerry Eversman, a Clay graduate of 1977 and life member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Associates announced the event, adding, "This ceremony combines our greater Oregon community and our Veterans together with family members and friends of those who died serving in the United States Armed Forces. It is important that we never forget their service and sacrifice."
Eversman also announced that Raymond Hoepf, age 98, a World War II Navy Veteran who served in the South Pacific theater, has accepted an invitation to place a memorial wreath at the WWII monument this year. In 2021, Lt. Thelma Brown age 100, a U.S. Army Nurse in WWII, did the honors. A detail of Navy Petty Officers will join Hoepf in placing the wreath this year, Eversman said.
The public is invited and seating is provided for seniors. The service is expected to be about 45 minutes. Anyone who is interested in volunteering can arrive at 10 a.m. to help set up.
Veterans are encouraged to wear their veterans’ caps.

Oak Harbor
events planned
Veterans and their families are invited for breakfast on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, from 6:30-8:30 a.m. at American Legion Post 114, 221 W. Park St., Oak Harbor.
Breakfast will be served to Benton-Carroll-Salem High School Band members after cemetery services and before the beginning of the Memorial Day parade.
Legion Post 114 will conduct memorial services at Limestone Cemetery at 9 a.m. and at Elliston Cemetery at 9:30 a.m.
VFW Post 8732 will conduct memorial services at French Town Cemetery at 8:45 a.m.; at Locust Point Cemetery at 9:05 a.m.; at Rushau Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. and at Roose Cemetery at 9:55 a.m.
All units will then join other organizations for the annual Memorial Day Parade at 11 a.m. in front of Oak Harbor Junior High School.
A brief ceremony will be held at Flat Iron Park and at the Bayou Bridge, where the veterans who were lost at sea will be honored, as the parade makes its way to the Veterans Memorial Circle in Union Cemetery for the final service of the day with a guest speaker.


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