Saturday, May 25, 2002

N.Ky. remembers vets

By Chris Mayhew
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The following Memorial Day events and celebrations are planned for Northern Kentucky this weekend:

        • Florence: A flyover by a Kentucky National Guard Blackhawk helicopter will highlight a service at the Boone County Veterans Memorial at the Florence Government Center on 8100 Ewing Blvd. at 11 a.m. on Memorial Day.

        A special ceremony will be held for guest veterans including decorated World War II paratrooper Robert Williams. The Boone County resident was dropped into France on D-Day, and he participated in the 50th anniversary of the invasion by parachuting into France in a large-scale re-enactment.

[photo] Lois Scharf decorates the grave of her husband, World War II veteran Donald, at Knollcrest Cememtery in Arcadia, Ohio.
(Associated Press photo)
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        Roses will be given to the special guest veterans and placed on the memorial.

        A parade leading to the memorial service starts at 10 a.m. at Boone County High School, 7056 Burlington Pike. The parade will continue south on Burlington Pike (Ky. 18) to Ewing Boulevard and the Florence Government Center.

        • Walton: A Memorial Dayservice will be at 9:30 a.m. at Walton Cemetery, where 22 World War II veterans will be given special recognition and graves will be decorated.

        • Edgewood: A Memorial Day ceremony will be at 10 a.m. in Freedom Park. Keynote speaker will be Professor Bonnie Wheeler May. The Edgewood Police Department will fire a 21-gun salute, taps will be played and a Kentucky National Guard Blackhawk helicopter will fly over.

        • Erlanger-Elsmere: A Memorial Day parade starts at 9 a.m. and will be led by the members of Ralph-Fulton V.F.W. Post 6423. The parade begins at the V.F.W. Post at 4435 Dixie Highway in Elsmere and follows Dixie Highway north to Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Erlanger, where a short service will be held. Local lawyer Philip Taliaferro will be the parade grand marshal.

        • Fort Wright: A 10 a.m. Memorial Day service will be at the veterans memorial on the front lawn of the city building at 409 Kyles Lane. Guest speaker will be retired Judge Ray Lape of Kenton County Circuit Court, a Navy veteran.

        • Park Hills: The Memorial Day Parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the city building, 1106 Amsterdam Road.

        The parade route will follow Mount Allen Road to South Arlington Road, Dixie Highway, St. James Avenue, Old State Road, Terrace Drive, Amsterdam Road and Rose Circle, and conclude at Park Drive.

        After the parade, Rep. Jon Draud, R-Crestview Hills, will preside over a flag-raising ceremony at the intersection of Amsterdam Road and Park Drive.

        Ceremonies will feature eight restored Army Jeeps.

        The parade grand marshal is Charles Meyers, a Park Hills resident who recently retired as a chief highway engineer for the Kentucky Department of Transportation.

        • Bellevue-Dayton: The Memorial Day ceremony will be at 10 a.m. at the V.F.W. hall at Sixth and Main streets in Dayton. The parade departs the hall at 10:30 a.m. and follows Sixth Street west to Bellevue, turns on Fairfield Avenue, and ends at the Bellevue Vets at 24 Fairfield Ave. George Kraemer of the Bellevue Veterans Club is the parade grand marshal.

        • Alexandria: The Memorial Day Parade will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Campbell County Middle School on Orchard Lane. The parade will travel south on Main Street and Washington Avenue, then back onto Main Street, ending at the V.F.W. hall. After the parade a memorial service will be held at the veterans monument at Campbell County V.F.W. Post 3205 on 8261 Alexandria Pike. • Camp Springs: The 29th Annual Camp Springs Memorial Day Parade and services will start at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church on Lower Tug Fork Road. The parade, sponsored by Simon Gosney American Legion Post 219, will travel to the Camp Springs firehouse, where there will be an 11:30 a.m. memorial service followed by a community reception. The services will also feature the presentation of the Citizen of the Year and Grade School Essay awards.

Kenton graves decorated

        More than 100 volunteers will decorate almost 7,000 veterans' graves in Kenton County today in observance of Memorial Day.

        This is the 20th year graves will be decorated. Volunteers this year include members of the Dan Beard Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Civil Air Patrol, the American Legion, Sons of The American Legion and Job's Daughters.

        Cemeteries having graves decorated include St. John, St. Mary and Highland in Fort Mitchell; Mother of God in Covington; and Independence Cemetery and St. Cecilia Church Cemetery in Independence.

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