Memorial Day observed around county

| May 26, 2015

COSHOCTON — As flags waved, trumpets sounded and bands marched, Memorial Day was observed throughout Coshocton County in Keene, Conesville, Blissfield, Plainfield, Waggoner Cemetery, Warsaw and Coshocton. Parades were held in Coshocton on Memorial Day, Keene on Sunday and Warsaw on Memorial Day.

The Memorial Day parade held in downtown Coshocton featured the marching Redskins under the direction of Barry Hardesty with seniors taking part in their final performance. Coshocton senior Timothy Meyers played taps. Hundreds watched the parade with a small chance of rain and a few sprinkles before the parade headed down Main Street. Parade goers saluted the giant U.S. flag carried proudly by members of the local Elks Lodge.

Following the parade, Jim Barstow, Coshocton County Veterans Service Officer gave the opening remarks with Rev. Diana Caton giving the invocation and benediction.

The Coshocton High School band played the National Anthem and all participated in the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was held for fallen veterans and those still serving.

Female veterans were recognized and asked to stand. Barstow also recognized all representatives of the Coshocton County Veterans Organizations with 11 in attendance and being saluted.

Elizabeth Lozowski, a senior at River View High School, was the Voice of Democracy speaker followed by Becky Bowden of the Blue Star Mothers.

Lozowski said in her remarks, “Our very livelihood relies upon the fortitude of our soldiers and their capability to defend us. For this reason we must never fail our veterans. They need our support and loyalty, our thanks and friendship. Many soldiers who return from a violent war find themselves outcasts in society. All that used to be familiar to them seems strange and different because they have been through life changing experiences. At times they are not even recognized for doing the incredible deeds they have done for our country. We must reach out to our veterans and show them that we care. We must not forget them. They have placed their lives, their sacred honor and their faith in this nation. The least that we can do is to think of them with the utmost respect.”

The featured speaker was Liz Herrell, a retired USAF Master Sergeant who reflected on the life and career of CWO Mary L. Hootman, known around the area as “The Chief.” Hootman passed away last August and served our country for many years.

The 3MP quartet of the Sweet Adelines International gave a great musical performance.

A solemn tribute was then held for fallen veterans of Coshocton County where services were performed by the Coshocton County Honor Guard. The name was read of all fallen veterans from May 29, 2014 to May 20, 2015 and the bell was rung for each. Jennifer Holz and Doris Casey participated in this ceremony. A white balloon with a tag was launched for each fallen veteran when the bell was rung.

The Memorial Wreath was placed by Bess Prater, step-sister to Howard R. Weingarth and Raymond C. Weingarth.

Taps was performed by CHS senior Timothy Meyers and sophomore Jacob Heading played the echo.

Barstow concluded the ceremony by thanking everyone who participated, those that came to remember our fallen heroes and gave special recognition to Patty Dilly for organizing the event.

One thing is for certain as we reflect on these services and observances; Coshocton County continues to show great respect for our veterans.

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I live with my beautiful wife Nancy on a small farm just outside Coshocton. We have been married for thirty two years and have two grown children, Jessica and Jacob. Jessica is married to Aaron Mencer and they are employed with Coshocton City Schools. Jacob is a sophomore at Kent State University. I graduated from River View High School, have a Bachelor’s Degree from North Carolina Wesleyan University and am actively involved with the Roscoe United Methodist Church, serve on several local committees and am a member of the Coshocton Kiwanis Club, having served as Past-President. I love reading, especially military thrillers, the Civil War and history in general. My goal is to write a novel. My wife and I are also AdvoCare distributors and encourage anyone wanting to lose weight, gain energy and better health to explore AdvoCare at our website; I love the media field, innovative technology and have worked in newspapers for over 30 years – in fact, my first job was delivering newspapers. The Beacon is a dream made possible by the support of this community and a great team. I hope to continue serving Coshocton County for many years.

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