NORTH KINGSVILLE_The participants and spectators caught a break from Mother Nature and the event remained rain-free for the Sixth Annual Field of Honor dedication ceremony Saturday at Greenlawn Memory Gardens in North Kingsville.
Jeff Piotrowski welcomed everyone to the solemn ceremony and the American Legion Neal Post 743 Honor Guard posted the colors. Gary Quine (Hector the Hero – Highland Cathedral), played bagpipes during the procession. Dan Summers played the bugle and Connie Summers sang our National Anthem. Neal Post 743 Chaplain Duane Hatch read the opening prayer.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by the Ashtabula County Young Marines.
The posting of service flags included the military branches, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines, U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Coast Guard. The Merchant Marine, Young Marines, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ashtabula County sheriff’s Department, North Kingsville Police, Fire department, EMTs, Blue Knights. Paul Nelson Jr. placed the POW MIA flag.
Byron Harwell, of North Kingsville, 3rd Massachusetts Company C attached with the British forces during the French and Indian War, fired his light three-pound field artillery cannon. The Young Marines began the reading of names of veterans and first responders interred at Greenlawn Memory Gardens.
Speaker Rev. Fred Grimm emphasized the need for healing and forgiveness in our world.
The Young Marines demonstrated the proper folding of the U.S. Flag and described the meaning for each fold. Bagpiper Quine played “Going Home” and “Amazing Grace”. The Young Marines resumed the reading of names and were followed by Sue Curtis Ducro reading the poem “The Healing Field”. The reading of names was continued and then followed by closing remarks and a closing prayer.
Western Reserve Farm Cooperative
Mike & Brenda Eastlake Admiral Transfer & Rigging Inc.
Ducro Funeral Services & Crematory
Greenlawn Memory Gardens
Josh Goldstein/Family Bronze
SI Funeral Services
Howland Chapter 700 American Legion Riders C & L Lawn Service
American Legion Cowle Post 151
Deb’s Klassy K-9 Tom Simmons VFW Post #2836
Capp Steel Erectors Ashtabula County Nursing & Rehab. Center
VFW POST 6846
Austinburg Rehab Center Phyllis & Jim Coutts
Prosecutor Nick Iarocci John A. Pildner, Sr.
Bethany Lutheran Church Mega Byte Computer Services
Neal Post #743
Dewey Howlett #103
Painesville Publishing Matthews International Hopice of the Western Reserve
Ron Belding Monuments Mike Fedler/Edward Jones Matthews International
Jim Belding Monuments Wayne Plut
Army & Navy Union Ash Garrison 411
Roger & Shirley Corlett William Emerson
The Alessi & Foderetti Families & Marianne & Joe Foderetti and Maryelise Vala Karl F. Mischka
All proceeds benefitted local veterans’ programsLike