PINEY FORK - Memorial Day services were presented by the Gwyn Allen American Legion Post 735, with the junior students from Buckeye Local High School who will be attending Boys and Girls State in mid-June as the speakers.
Commander Tom McCain gave the welcome, and following the invocation by Wally Jancura and flag-raising by Gary Kish and Ron Molnar, Sons of the American Legion, the students spoke to the outdoor audience.
Danielle Irvin gave the history of Girls State, and Jim Wharton gave a history of Boys State.
Haleigh Poch read a poem, and Kaylee DeCesare spoke on the origin of Memorial Day, explaining that it began on May 20, 1868, after the Civil War had ended. Flowers were put on graves of both sides to heal the nation. It later expanded to include men who had died in American Wars and is now celebrated the last Monday of May.
Dylan Williams read a poem, and Devon Vogelsang gave the history of taps.
Auxiliary pins were presented to 10 members who had 25 years or more service to the auxiliary: Barbara Phillippi, Velma Hauner and Irene Stratton, all 53 years; Marian Pastre, 52 years; Edith Hruschak, 41 years; Carol Brown, 38 years; Rose Bell, 29 years; Pat Logsdon and Viola Torok, both 26 years; and Rosalie Walker, 27 years.
The Sons of the American Legion placed a wreath at the Legion post flags, and a salute to fallen comrades was given before the playing of taps.
A luncheon was served by the auxiliary.