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Memorial Day observances in Oxford, Addison



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May 25, 2011 - For lots of folks, Memorial Day is just a day off from work or school, an opportunity to barbecue with family and friends or a chance to enjoy a three-day weekend up north.

Although the holiday has become the official start of summer, we must never forget that its main purpose is to honor those men and women in the Armed Forces who gave their lives for our liberty and security.

Oxford and Addison residents will have two opportunities to pay tribute to those who gave up all of their tomorrows for our today.

On Saturday, May 28, there will be a Memorial Day ceremony in Addison Township's Lakeville Cemetery, located on E. Drahner Rd.

Organized annually by the 101-year-old Lakeville Cemetery Auxiliary, the event will begin at 12 noon and feature speakers, patriotic music provided by Oxford choir students, flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremonies, a 21-gun salute and prayers.

A potluck luncheon will follow the ceremony. Please bring a dish to pass. Meat and drink will be furnished.

Oxford's Memorial Day observance will begin in downtown's Centennial Park at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 30.

This year's guest speakers are Oxford Village President Teri Stiles and Oxford resident Kasie Jeffery, 10, who holds the title of Junior Miss Poppy for the American Legion's 18th District.

As usual, the park ceremony will consist of the Oxford High School Marching Band playing patriotic music; wreaths being laid at the various monuments honoring the fallen heroes of America's wars; and a roll call ceremony in which scouts place dog tags on white crosses representing Oxford soldiers who fought and died in conflicts ranging from the Civil War to Vietnam.

Following the park ceremony, there will be a parade heading north on S. Washington St. (M-24), then west on W. Burdick St.

Oxford's parade will end on the south side of the township cemetery. The ceremony in the cemetery will consist of a wreath-laying, the playing of Taps and a 21-gun salute.

Jim Parkhurst, past commander of American Legion Post 108, noted those wishing to help place flags at the gravesites of local veterans are invited to meet at the Legion hall (130 E. Drahner Rd.) at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 28. From there, everyone will depart for the cemeteries.

Please take some time this weekend to attend one of these ceremonies and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Lest we forget. Editor C.J. Carnacchio

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