One of the most poignant of all local Memorial Day ceremonies will again take place at Veterans Memorial Park, Glen Este-Withamsville Road and Clough Pike, Union Township.
The Vietnam Veterans of America, Clermont County Chapter 649, began this service in 1993 for the fallen heroes of the Vietnam War. Now, 21 years later, the area of the park around the helicopter will be surrounded by about 525 crosses With the participation of the Boy Scouts of America, the names of the fallen from Vietnam, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom will be read over a 24-hour period, starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26.
The ceremony will begin with an opening service and then the reading of the names will begin, including the name, rank, branch of service, and date of final sacrifice. A closing ceremony will commence at 2 p.m. Monday, May 27, Memorial Day.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend, if not the opening ceremony, then sometime over the 24-hour period. Remember those who sacrificed that we may live in freedom.