Sue Kiesewetter reports:
West Chester Township’s Memorial Day Parade will leave Union Day School at 10 a.m., May 27.
Organized by the West Chester Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7696, marchers are asked to gather in the school’s north parking lot, 8735 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, at 9 a.m.
Korean War veteran Ralph Grothjan and his wife, Betty – active in the VFW’s Ladies Auxiliary – will serve as grand marshals of the parade. It will proceed down Cincinnati-Dayton Road, to West Chester Road to Brookside Cemetery.
Beginning at 10 a.m., the West Chester/Union township Historical Society will begin reading names of the veterans buried in the cemetery. When that is completed and the parade arrives, a 45-minute service begins, said Micky Vidourek, the VFW’s parade organizer.
The service includes the playing of Taps and the Star Spangled Banner by the Lakota East and West high school bands. Air Force Reserves Lt. Col. Roberta LaPlant will speak at the service.
The West Chester Township resident has been in the reserves since 1992 and is an operations officer in the Department of State’s Bureau of Counterterrorism in Washington D.C. She is also a captain for Delta Airlines.
The program ends with the Cincinnati Caledonian Pipes and Drums Band’s rendition of Amazing Grace.