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Memorial Day Program

  • Date: 05/25/2020 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM  
The City of Findlay in conjunction with the Hancock County Veteran Services Office is releasing a Memorial Day Program which will be available over the air and streamed online on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2020, beginning at 9:00am. The traditional Memorial Day Parade has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will be streamed on the City of Findlay website at www.findlayohio.com/meeting as well as on Facebook, WFIN, WKXA, and The Fox.

The program will last from 9:00am-9:30am and will end with a communitywide moment of silence which will be concluded with the sounding of the Hancock County Emergency Tornado Sirens and sirens from Emergency Response Vehicles.

The program will include a message from Findlay Mayor Christina Muryn, a memorial service performed by Nichole Coleman, Hancock County Veterans Service Officer Director and Air Force Veteran, along with the traditional wreath laying, playing of TAPS, Military salute, National Anthem, and Pledge of Allegiance.

“Memorial Day is a time when your community pauses to recognize the men and women who have served our great country and paid the ultimate sacrifice. A pandemic was not going to stop us from making sure we all paid them the respect that they deserve.” said Bill Johns, Hancock County Veterans Service Commission Board President and Army combat Vietnam veteran. Johns is also the President of the Hancock County Veterans Council who typically facilitates the Memorial Day Parade.

“I am so grateful to live in a community that will not allow distractions or pandemics to keep us from honoring the lives of our men and women who paid the ultimate price,” said Nichole Coleman, Hancock County Veterans Service Officer Director. “I grew up helping take care of the graves of Tim Rinehart and Carl Brewster from Arlington who were killed in Vietnam. Several years ago, I had the honor of developing a relationship with Juanita (Tim’s mom) and she said something I will never forget. When I introduced myself to her, I asked if she was Tim’s mom. Her tearful response made me sad and concerned that I had upset her so I held her hand and told her I was sorry. Her response touched my heart in such a way that makes Memorial Day even more special to me than previously. Juanita told me that it was so good to hear someone say Tim’s name. That is what Memorial Day is all about, keeping the memory of our fallen comrades alive!”

“Memorial Day is such a sacred day. I wanted to make sure that our community paused in this crazy time to recognize those who have given their all to protect our nation and allow us to live in the best country in the world,” Said Mayor Christina Muryn. “I wanted to make sure that we had a program that allowed our community to come “together” even while staying apart. I hope that everyone takes the time to do that.”

The program is being produced by KC Allen with Allen Film & Video.

Media Contact: Mayor Christina Muryn, 419-424-7137 or cmuryn@findlayohio.com. Other stations interested in participating please contact Mayor Muryn.