179th Honor Guard

The Ohio Air National Guard 179th Airlift Wing Honor Guard is a staple of local Memorial Day parades. (Photo by TSgt. Joseph Harwood)

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We've had a phone call and a reader request from Denny Hempfield to publish a schedule of events from around the area for Memorial Day. Here's what we found:

Here's all the information you need on Memorial Day parades and commemorations across Richland County.

All of these events are slated for Monday, May 31 unless otherwise noted.

BELLVILLE: The Bellville Memorial Day Parade will begin at 11 a.m. at the American Legion Unit 535. The parade route comes down Main Street, then up Church Street to the Bellville Cemetery. A short ceremony at the cemetery will follow.

BUTLER: The Butler Memorial Day parade will begin at Butler Elementary at 9 a.m. and proceed toward Memorial Park. A ceremony will immediately follow. Parade line up will take place at the elementary school from 8:30 to 8:45.

LEXINGTON: The Veterans of Foreign Wars will host a parade beginning at Lexington High School. Participants should be at the high school by 9:30 to line up; pre-registration is not required. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and proceed down State Route 42, pause at the square to salute the memorial statue, then continue to the Lexington Cemetery for a Memorial Day observation ceremony.

MANSFIELD: First, on Saturday, May 29, the Boy Scouts and the Veterans will be placing flags on Veterans graves in the Mansfield Cemetery. If you would like to help be at the front gate at 9:45 a.m.

"We have been advised the cemetery will be closed between 9 and noon," Hempfield said. "Also there will be a 50-person limit in the cemetery at any one time for placing flags."

Any questions call Mr. Bruce Phipps at 419-544-0311.

On Monday, May 31, American Legion Post 16 will host a ceremony at 9 a.m at the Doughboy statue in Central Park to honor World War I veterans. 

The Korean War Veterans Chapter 51 will present a 21-gun salute and taps in front of the Korean War Memorial in Central Park.

The Mansfield Memorial Day parade will commence at 10:30 a.m. on Marion Avenue between the Carpenter Road and the five-way intersection. The parade route will travel down Park Avenue West to Central Park and end at the gazebo. 

There will be approximately 20 units marching in the parade this year, including a boxcar and assortment of fire trucks. Police and military equipment will also be part of the procession along with area veterans and other groups. Call parade marshal Dennis Hempfield at 419-884-2089 with questions.

A Memorial Day observance will begin at 11 a.m. The grand marshal and featured speaker will be Korean War era veteran Douglas Theaker. The Fun Center Chordsmen will sing during the ceremony. 

In case of cancellation, the Memorial Day service will be held at the AMVETS Post 26 at 1100 West Fourth Street.

PLYMOUTH: The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Plymouth American Legion Post 447 and proceed to the Greenlawn Cemetery for a Memorial Day observance immediately following the parade.

Registration to participate in the parade is free. All participants must enhance their entries with festive red, white and blue. Entries may include multiple categories including vehicles, floats, tractors, walkers, bands and more.

A patriotic bike contest for children ages zero to 12 will take place at the Legion post at 10 a.m. Bikes should be decorated beforehand; materials will not be provided.

SHELBY: The parade starts at 10 a.m. and goes through downtown turning left onto Gamble Street. It ends at the light at Gamble Street and Tucker Avenue. The service takes place at Oakland Cemetery directly after the parade.

SHILOH: A brief Memorial Day ceremony will take place at Mount Hope Cemetery at 8:15 a.m.

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Staff reporter focused on education and features. Clear Fork alumna. Always looking for a chance to practice my Spanish. You can reach me at katie.ellington@richlandsource.com