SAR Western Reserve Society Participates in Memorial Day Ceremonies – Cleveland
On Monday, May 25, 2015, The Western Reserve Society Archibald Willard Color Guard participated in the Lake View Cemetery Annual Memorial Day Event. This takes place in the shadow of the grand monument of the 20th US President, James A. Garfield, who spoke at the first Decoration Day on May 30,1863, which is now Memorial Day.
With a new and expanded parade and program, the St. Martin De Porres High School Drumline and High Steppers, St. Ignatius Jugglers, and Pick-Up Stix Stilt Walkers, started the program followed by the Archibald M. Willard Color Guard. Other participating groups included: The Monroe Players portraying George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, General James A. Garfield, Lucretia Garfield, and Boy Scout Troop 701, Collinwood High School JROTC.
With the start of the program, there was a welcoming by Lake View Cemetery President Katharine Goss who introduced the Master of Ceremonies, Terry Whalen. Whalen is with the Three Deuce Five Marine Foundation.
The American Flag was raised by the Collinwood High School JROTC, then the Cleveland Letter Carriers Band NALC Branch 40 played the National Anthem. Next Eagle Scout Jeff Geiss led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. Irv Aplis of American Legion Post 759 gave the opening prayer. The Cleveland Letter Carriers Band then played the “Tribute to the Armed Forces.”
The Memorial address was given by Colonel (Ret.) Dan Williams, U.S. Army, who served 30 years of active duty with two tours of duty in Iraq. Currently, he serves as the Media Relations Director for the City of Cleveland. He spoke on those members of the Armed Forces, from the American Revolution to the War in Iraqi and Afghanistan, and the people who “gave it their all so that we have our freedoms today.”
After the Memorial address there was the placing of wreaths by 20 organizations, including the DAR, C.A.R., Order of Founders and Patriots, American Legion and VFW units. 1st Vice President Bill Shanklin placed a wreath on behalf of the Western Reserve Society SAR. This was followed by the Collinwood High School JROTC rifle salute. Taps were played by Cleveland Letter Carriers Band members Mike Mahoney, Lead Bugler and Bill Carson, Echo Bugler, followed by the benediction. To close out the program, Tom Garfield, the 3rd Great Grandson of President James A. Garfield played Amazing Grace on his bagpipe.
It was a beautiful day of remembrance in honor of all those who have passed away!