Captain (Ret.) Querns, Otterbein resident, retired U.S. Army Air Corps and Air Force, assisted in placing the flag on the memorial in James Park.
The firing squad from the American Legion and VFW fire a salute at the conclusion of the James Park ceremony.
The Marblehead-Lakeside Memorial Day parade and ceremonies simply and respectfully honored the occasion. The banner that preceded the flag-bearing marching veterans said “Here comes your flag. Respect it. Stand up. Hats off. Hand over your heart.”
For Captain Querns, 92, now a resident of Otterbein NorthShore Retirement Community in Lakeside, Memorial Day has a deep meaning. Querns lost a brother in World War II, flew missions in the Pacific theater, and was in the service for 32 years, in the Army Air Corps and then the Air Force. “Memorial Day is the beginning of a new era. I hope for a time of peace, but it will take time to get there,” Querns shared.
For the Amarosa family of Delaware County, who have a vacation home in Lakeside, the Marblehead Memorial Day parade is refreshing. “Back home we would have to fight traffic and get to the parade so early,” said Jodie Amarosa.
Kevin Sibbring, President of Lakeside Chautauqua, opened the ceremonies at James Park. “We are enjoying this weekend the fruits of our way of life. We need to remember those who sacrificed so that we can enjoy that freedom.”
Marblehead Mayor Jackie Bird asked all those gathered to “solidify our commitment to those who served.”
Dianne Rozak, Vice President of Danbury Township Trustees, recently travelled to the battlegrounds of Gettysburg, PA, and Antietem, MD, and the Shanksville, PA, memorial to those who died on Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001. “The name of the battleground does not matter; the wars have been fought to preserve peace throughout the world. Our duty is to keep alive the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Let us never forget,” said Rozak.
American Legion Commander Joe Stys asked all to honor “not just those with medals, but all the million Americans who have lost their lives.”
The Danbury High School band played the National Anthem, America the Beautiful, the anthems of all the branches of service and concluded the ceremonies with “Taps”.
VFW Commander Bob Peroni asked that all reflect on the lyrics of “Taps”:
“Day is done, gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky.
All is well; safely rest
God is nigh.
Sleep in peace.”