Memorial Day at Lake View Cemetery – Cleveland, OH
On Monday, May 30, 2016, The Western Reserve Society Archibald M. Willard Color Guard participated in the Lake View Cemetery Annual Memorial Day Program. This is our 20th year of marching in with the colors. The parade formation took 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.
The Color Guard stepped off the parade, followed by the “We Made History” reenactors portraying Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, General Ulysses S. Grant, General James A. Garfield, and Lucretia Garfield, then Boy Scout Troop 701, and Horizon Science Academy JROTC Color Guard Unit.
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 Horizon Science Academy JROTC raised the American Flag, and the Cleveland Letter Carriers Band NALC Branch 40 played the National Anthem. Eagle Scout, Michael Borowski, led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. Irv Aplis of American Legion Post 759 gave the opening prayer. The Cleveland Letter Carriers Band played a well-liked “Tribute to the Armed Forces.”
Tim Garfield, the 2nd Great Grandson of President James A. Garfield, gave the memorial address. Currently, Tim is active with Lake View Cemetery and on the board of Trustees of the Friends of the James A. Garfield National Historic Site. He spoke on the accomplishments of James A. Garfield, who born in a log cabin, a minster, the President of Hiram College, a U.S. Congressman, a Civil War General and the 20th President of the United States.
After the Memorial address there was the placing of the wreaths by 20 organizations, including the Boy Scouts, SAR, DAR, C.A.R., Order of Founders and Patriots, American Legion Posts, VFW Units, and the Garfield Family Wreath Presentation. President Bill Shanklin placed a wreath on behalf of Western Reserve Society Sons of the American Revolution. After the placement of the wreaths, Horizon Science Academy JROTC gave a rifle salute. Taps were played and followed by a 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 such a beautiful day with a large turn out of people for this service, which was such a wonderful way to remember the true meaning of Memorial Day!
On Tuesday, May 31, the Color Guard made the front page of the electronic edition of The Plain Dealer newspaper.