Memorial Day services around the county


The Bowling Green Memorial Day Planning Committee will conduct Memorial Day services on Monday.

Lt.-Col. (U.S. Army, retired) Andrea Adams will deliver the keynote address at Oak Grove Cemetery and Wood County Memory Gardens Cemetery.

The National Anthem will be performed by the Bowling Green High School Band. Vocalist Evvie Van Vorhis will sing the “Armed Forces Medley” and “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” Father Tom McQuillen, pastor, St. Aloysius Catholic Church will serve as chaplain, and Mayor Michael Aspacher will present Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

Logan’s Orders will be presented by Joseph Fawcett. A patriotic poem will be read by Joseph Fawcett, Global War on Terrorism veteran. Herbert Dettmer will recite “Call to Remember.” The winner of the VFW Paul C. Ladd Post 1148 Voice of Democracy contest, Madeline Desmond, will be reciting “Why is the Veteran Important.”

The Memorial Day Service will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery starting at 10:30 a.m. following the parade, which steps off at 10 a.m. The service at Wood County Memory Gardens Cemetery on Liberty High Road will be at 1 p.m.

In case of inclement weather, the program will be held in the Veterans Memorial Building in City Park at 10:30 a.m.

Adams was born in Fremont and graduated from Lakota High School in 1993. She enlisted in the Army in 1993 as a signals intelligence analyst, and served in the 504th Military Intelligence Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas, and the 532nd Military Intelligence (Battalion, 501st MI Brigade Camp Humphrey’s, Korea).

After her four-year enlistment, Adams transitioned into the Ohio Army National Guard Medical Detachment as a combat medic while attending Nursing School the University of Toledo. In 2002 she earned her bachelor’s of science in nursing and 2003 received her direct commission into the Army Nurse Corps where she continued to serve in the Ohio National Guard Medical Detachment.

In 2012 she continued her civilian education and earned her master’s of science in nursing from the University of Toledo Nursing School and received her family nurse practitioner license. Her deployments include a Ohio Army National Guard Medical support mission to El Salvador in 2009 and to Kuwait in 2013 with the Ohio Army National Guard’s 371st Sustainment Brigade in support of Operation Joint Endeavor. Adams retired from the Ohio Army National Guard in 2020 with 27 years of service.

She has received the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and the Overseas Service Ribbon.

Adams resides in Bowling Green with her husband, Col. (retired) Stephen Ledbetter, her daughter Maddy Adams and her dog Bean. She works at Mercy Hospital in Toledo as a nurse practitioner in the Neurological Science Department.

Perrysburg events

A Memorial Day parade and service will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. Parade participants will gather at the corner of Louisiana Avenue and Fifth Street starting at 9 a.m.

The parade will stop at Hood Park for the placing of a wreath at the monument of those killed in service and end at Fort Meigs Union Cemetery for a service.

Activities for kids will be held in the Commodore Schoolyard, 140 E. Indiana Ave., with inflatables from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

The Perrysburg American Legion is hosting the Memorial Day graveside ceremony of fallen comrades at Fort Meigs Union Cemetery at 11:30 a.m.

Rossford has parade, ceremony

Memorial Day will be celebrated in the city with a parade and ceremony on Sunday.

The Memorial Day parade begins at 1:30 p.m. in downtown, marching to Veterans Memorial Park and concluding with a ceremony. Lineup will be at 1 p.m. at the Huntington Bank, 516 Dixie Hwy.

American Legion Post 533 will lead the parade and step off at the corner of Superior and Bergin streets.

The parade will march west on Superior Street to Eagle Point Road, along Hannum Avenue and end at Veterans Memorial Park for a ceremony.

Local veterans are invited to participate in the parade. The Rossford High School band will play.

The ceremony speaker will be Michael Myers, U.S. Army Vietnam veteran.

During the ceremony, names will be read of all the fallen veterans from the Rossford, Ross Township and Perrysburg Township areas.

Afterward, the American Legion post, 145 Bergin St., will host an open house. Food and beverages will be served and the public is invited.

Flyover in Lake Twp.

The Lake Township Memorial Day service will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at the cemetery. The program will open with a flyover by the Experimental Aircraft Association.

Walbridge Mayor Ed Kolanko is the keynote speaker.

There will be poems, tributes, music and a presentation of the memorial wreath.

The names of military personnel killed in action will be read, followed by a rifle salute.

The ceremony will end with the release of birds.

Eastwood area

Troy-Webster American Legion Post 240 honor guard will present arms with a 21-gun salute at Webster Township Cemetery at 9 a.m. on Monday.

Auxiliary unit juniors Charlotte Durbin and Sophia Odom, along with Auxiliary President Becky Dippman, will place wreaths in memory of all veterans.

The honor guard, juniors and unit president will also perform the ceremony at New Belleville Ridge cemetery in Dowling at 9:30 a.m. following a service by Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church. Ceremonies will be repeated at Old Belleville Ridge in Dowling, and Salem cemetery on Bradner Road immediately following.

The Memorial Day events for the Village of Luckey will be held at Troy Township Cemetery with a concert by Eastwood High School Band starting at 1:45 p.m. The program will begin at 2 p.m. Ohio Rep. Haraz Ghanbari, R-Perrysburg, who is a veteran, will be the speaker. The legion will follow the program with a 21-gun salute at the mound along with placing of wreaths to honor veterans by the auxiliary president and juniors. In case of thunderstorms, the program will be canceled.

Jerry City

The Jerry City Memorial Day Committee will hold activities on Monday.

Observers are invited to arrive at the Jerry City Cemetery at 11 a.m. Roll call of those interred at Jerry City and Mt. Zion Cemetery, who have served the country, will be by Rose Chambers.

Performing for those in attendance will be the Elmwood High School Marching Band.


The Norcross-Meyers American Legion Post 305 will sponsor a service Memorial Day at the Milton Township Cemetery at 1 p.m. The Bowling Green High School Band will perform. A potluck dinner will follow at the post.

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