Lake View Cemetery Annual Memorial Day Program 2017
On Monday, May 29, 2017, it was a beautiful sunny spring day for remembrances of those who gave the last full measure to protect our freedoms. The Western Reserve Society Archibald M. Willard Color Guard participated in the Lake View Cemetery Annual Memorial Day Program. 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 the 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, Frank Yagl led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance, and 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.”
Rev. Chuck Behrens (M.Div.), gave the memorial address. Currently, Rev. Behrens is the Spiritual Care Coordinator at the Hospice of the Western Reserve. He spoke on remember not only those of the military who have passed, but also your own loved ones who are no longer with us. Be there for the living, those who are still going through a difficult time.
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, VFW Units, James A. Garfield Camp #142 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, American Legion Posts, and the Garfield Family Wreath Presentation. WRSSAR President William 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!