MEADVILLE — The following Memorial Day observances are set across Crawford County today.
The Rev. Russell Hines is guest speaker at 1 p.m. in Rocky Glen Cemetery. Fallowfield Odd Fellows Lodge of Atlantic is responsible for the services and the placing of American flags on the graves of veterans. The program is planned by Golden Rule Rebekah Lodge of Atlantic.
Memorial Day services are in Sunnyside Cemetery at 11:45 a.m. with Gary Kinnear of Centerville as the guest speaker.
Other participants during the service will include: Jack Preston, master of ceremonies; David Leninsky, pastor of Centerville Baptist Church, who will give the invocation and benediction; Melanie Preston LaLone, who will perform the national aAnthem; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5958 of Titusville; and the Maplewood High School Band.
In the event of rain, the service will be held at the Centerville Volunteer Fire Department.
James L. Steen Post 836 American Legion conducts its annual services in Cochranton Cemetery at 10 a.m.
A community picnic follows at Cochranton Lions Community Park starting at 11.
The event is hosted by the Cochranton Area Revitalization Effort committee. CARE will provide hot dogs and drinks. Community members are asked to take a dessert or dish to share and their own table service. The picnic will last until 2 p.m.
The Y Express of Cochranton will provide entertainment for children.
All donations will benefit the Lions Community Park Fund.
The Kiwanis Club of Conneaut Lake holds a parade and service starting at 10 a.m. Lineup for the parade begins at 9:30 at Conneaut Lake Elementary School. The parade begins at 10 and proceeds along Water Street to the Civil War Monument on Water Street in downtown Conneaut Lake. A short service will recognize veterans from all wars. Local historian Sandy Porter, a Marine veteran, will be the featured speaker.
This year’s program will feature a tribute to U.S. Army Sgt. Chester Williams, a former Conneaut Lake resident who was in the Korean War. Williams’ remains were returned to Crawford County last year and have been buried in Greendale Cemetery, Meadville.