GREENVILLE – Jordyn Warren comes from a family of Navy veterans… both great grandmothers, both great grandfathers… grandfather a Marine… uncle in the Navy. She understands Memorial Day.
“They gave me the freedom to stand here and not worry about getting shot… we should appreciate them a lot more than we do,” she said following the Memorial Ceremony at Greenville Cemetery. Her sentiments were echoed earlier by an older gentleman on South Broadway prior to the start of the parade.
“When I was a kid in the country growing up,” Roger Mayer said, “We would come into town and the streets were lined up and down Broadway… I wish there were more people here.” He pointed to a man wearing a service T-shirt. “It is because of people like him we can do this,” he added.
In front of the Greenville Library the VFW Auxiliary parade trailer was setting up. As in years past, the Darke County Veterans van was there… the American Legion van was in line toward the front. The Greenville High School Band of Pride was in the parking lot across the street and emergency vehicles were ready to take their places.
As in years past the VFW Honor Guard was preparing to take the lead, followed by the GHS NJROTC. As in years past, veterans who paid the ultimate price were honored for their sacrifice on May 26. The 2014 Memorial Day event was not without its challenges. According to Greenville Mayor Mike Bowers the committee had been disbanded following the 2013 parade. He’d only found out about it a few weeks earlier. Bowers did the footwork and got it set up for 2014, earning the thanks of the Greenville City Council on May 20.
At exactly 1 p.m. the parade started, then stopped at the Darke County Courthouse for flowers to be placed at the memorial. The parade stopped again at the Greenville Creek Bridge. Those lost at sea were remembered and honored; then the parade moved to Greenville Cemetery for the Memorial Day service.
Assistant Darke County Prosecutor and Lt. Col. in the Ohio National Guard Jessie Green spoke to about 150 people about the “old soldier never dying but just fading away.” Wrong, he said. They do die… that is why we are here.
The Honor Guard saluted those lost and wreaths were laid at the monument to Darke County’s veterans. The Greenville Band performed; NJROTC’s Semantha McCann gave the Gettysburg Address.
Green thanked those who attended on behalf of those being honored.
Three ladies were on the parade route, as they were every year, thanking veterans for their service.