American Legion Post 223 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars invite the public to a parade on Monday. The parade starts at 1:30 p.m. at Medusa and Ind. 13. The parade will go past the grandstands at Memorial Park and end at Syracuse Cemetery. A service will be conducted at the cemetery.
The Memorial Day parade is at 10 a.m. Monday and usually lasts about an hour. The parade starts on Emeline Street and then goes north on Main Street and stops at Syracuse Street. American Legion members will then go to Milford Cemetery, where they have a service .
The Memorial Day parade will start at 2 p.m. Sunday. Immediately following the parade, which lasts between 20 and 30 minutes, there will be a service at New Paris Cemetery.
The parade will step off at the former Burger Dairy and continue to the cemetery. Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers will introduce Rep. Jackie Walorski, who is the guest speaker. State Rep. Rebecca Kubacki will also be in attendance.
Walorski will present five families with a flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol. Kubacki will present the families with flags that flew over the state capitol. Boy Scouts Troop 12 from New Paris will fold the flags prior to their presentation. The Cub Scouts will hand the families flowers.
Roger Bayak of the Goshen Veterans of Foreign Wars will distribute a specially commissioned Challenge coin made up for the Memorial Day service. This is a military style coin that has all five branches represented on one side and a message thanking them for their service on the other side.
Veterans will do a 21-gun salute and taps will be played.
Fairfield High School Band will perform. Roll call will be read for the veterans buried at the cemetery.
An ice cream social will follow the service at Sunnyside Park.
There will be a service conducted by the Bristol American Legion at 11 a.m. at Oakridge Cemetery. Attendees will then go the Division Street bridge, where a wreath will be tossed into the river.