In Circleville, Memorial Day isn’t just a holiday filled with barbecues and relaxation. Every year the Soldiers Monumental Association of Pickaway County coordinates a parade to ensure the true reason of Memorial Day isn’t forgotten, which is to honor the service members who made the ultimate sacrifice. This year’s Memorial Day, on May 28, will be no different.
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., a memorial service will be held at High Street Cemetery. The cemetery is located at this service will include remarks and the playing of taps to honor the service members. Following the service, at approximately 9 a.m., the parade will move across High Street before heading south on Pickaway. When the route reaches Memorial Hall, it will head west on Main Street and finally will go north on Court Street until ending at Forest Cemetery, 905 N Court St, Circleville. The parade ends between 10 and 10:15 a.m. and will be followed by an additional service at Soldiers Glen at Forest Cemetery.
If you are unable to make the parade or the ceremonies, the Association is also hosting a third ceremony at Hitler-Ludwig Cemetery, 1819 Hitler Rd 1, Circleville. This service will begin at approximately 11:15 a.m.. It will follow a similar format as the other two ceremonies.
Typically, there are over 100 participants in the Circleville parade. Participants have included baseball teams, veterans, bands and floats. According to organizer Dennis Lester, four floats have been confirmed to attend including floats from the American Legion and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles. The Circleville Marching Band and Logan Elm Marching Band have also confirmed their attendance. The parade lineup begins at 8 a.m. at the High Street Cemetery.
For the first time ever, a female will be the Grand Marshall of the parade. Eleanor Strawser, a World War Two veteran, will be the honoree. The tradition of having the county’s oldest veteran lead the parade will also continue.
About the Organization
Soldiers Monumental Association of Pickaway County is a non-profit with the goal of preserving the memory of local veterans and local military history. Meetings are held monthly at Memorial Hall in Circleville and membership dues are $5 per year. More information on the association can be found at www.soldiersmonumental.org.
In addition to the Circleville parade, the Village of New Holland hosts a parade beginning at 12:30 p.m.in Town Square. The parade then heads to the New Holland Cemetery where a ceremony with a guest speaker are held at about 1 p.m..