MIAMI COUNTY — Memorial Day will be celebrated with parades, services and luncheons around the county.
The following is a list of events scheduled for Monday’s holiday, which is a federal holiday that is observed every year on the last Monday of May to remember those who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.
• COVINGTON — The Covington Memorial Day parade will be held at 1 p.m. at the corner of High and Walnut streets. Services will begin at 9 a.m. at Bloomer Cemetery, a 10:30 a.m. service at Miami Memorial Park Cemetery, and a service following the 1 p.m. parade at Highland Cemetery. The parade marshall is Lowell Smith, U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, and the guest speaker will be Jeff Stapleton, director of the Miami County Veterans Commission.
Following the Highland ceremony, there will be a Burial at Sea ceremony performed at the Covington Park.
Any questions, call or text Jay Schilling at (937) 418-3054 or Bill Wendel at (937) 418-7125 or email CovingtonMDC@gmail.com
• TROY — A Memorial Day ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on the Adams Street Bridge and will proceed to Riverside Cemetery for the remainder of services.
In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be at the Troy VFW Post 5436, 2220 LeFevre Road, Troy.
Prior to the holiday, on Sunday, the Troy Civic Band, a 40-member group directed by Bill and Kathy McIntosh, will present its free “Welcome Summer” concert, downtown Troy on Prouty Plaza. Vocalist Rhea Smith will present Sousa’s “I’ve Made My Plans for the Summer.” Familiar marches by Fillmore and Sousa plus concert band selections are sure to please.
Bring lawn chairs or blankets. There is no rain plan for the concert. The band shell will be set up on Prouty Plaza. Call (937) 335-1178 for more information.
• PIQUA — The Piqua Memorial Day Parade will follow a slightly different course this year. Due to traffic concerns in the past, the parade will assemble at the Piqua Central Intermediate School, 807 Nicklin Ave.
Parade line-up will be at the intermediate school from 8-8:45 a.m. Beginning at 9 a.m., participants will follow Park Avenue west to Washington Avenue, then north to the Veterans’ Memorial at 1701 Washington Ave. The Memorial Day ceremony will be held at that location at 10 a.m. following the parade.
Groups that are walking in the parade need to assemble in the school parking lot. Walkers should be dropped off in the bus parking area, which has an entrance off Broadway Avenue. This is only a drop-off point; vehicles should not be left in this area.
Dr. Vivian Blevins, a faculty member at Edison Community College, will be the grand marshall for the parade. The keynote speaker for the Memorial Day ceremony will be Royal Air Force Wing Commander Jonathan Durke, an officer from the United Kingdom who is working at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as the deputy director of logistics for the United States Air Force Sustainment Center. American Legion Post 184 Commander Cody Winsler will be the master of ceremonies. The invocation and benediction will be led by Pastor Kenneth Stewart of Greene Street United Methodist Church.
Anyone interested in participating in the parade should contact parade chairman Bruce Hogston at (937) 773-9324. All parade participants are asked to include the American flag in their entry and to remember that the intent of the Memorial Day parade is to commemorate those who have given their lives for the liberty of all citizens.
• CASSTOWN — Casstown United Methodist Church, 102 Center St. (corner of Center and Washington streets), will hold its 57th annual Memorial Day Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be barbecued pork, shredded chicken, ham, hot dogs, assorted salads and desserts, ice cream and beverages. All items are sold a la carte; carry-out will be available. The church is handicapped-accessible.
• TIPP CITY — There will be a Memorial Day Parade starting at 9 a.m. from Dow Street to the Veterans Memorial, to the Maple Hill Cemetery for a program that will immediately follow the parade. The American Legion Post No. 586 will serve pizzaloin sandwiches starting at 6 p.m. for $5.
• CHRISTIANSBURG — Christiansburg Fire Company will hold its 35th annual Memorial Day parade and services in Christiansburg. Services will be held at Smith Cemetery at the east edge of Christiansburg following the parade. The parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. The speaker will be military veteran and Piqua Fire Department Assistant Chief Vince Ashcraft. For anyone wanting to participate in the parade, the line up will be at 11 a.m. at Christiansburg Park.