REMEMBERANCE: Columbia City gearing up for annual Memorial Day parade

COLUMBIA CITY — It’s a time-honored tradition to have a Veterans Memorial Day Parade throughout Columbia City and ending at Greenhill Cemetery.It is happening again this year and members of the American Legion Post 98 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars 5582 are inviting all veterans of any age to participate in this year’s parade.Line-up begins at 9:45 a.m. at Walnut Street in front of the former Marshall Middle School, now Eagle Tech.The Veterans Memorial Day Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. on May 28. The parade travels south on Walnut Street, east on Van Buren Street then turns south on Madison Street and ends at Greenhill Cemetery. At Greenhill Cemetery Dick Stark will read the many names of men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives for America’s freedom and who have died since last year.The Korean War Veterans Honor Guard will present the colors. There will be a firing squad and taps will be played.Participation, both watchers and being in the parade, is appreciated. With questions call Pittenger at 260-610-4493.Memorial Day is Monday, May 28. It is appropriate to have your American flag flying high.