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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

2019 Memorial Day Celebration at Old Armstrong Chapel Cemetery

Photos and text by Greg Johnson

The 141st Memorial Day observance at Old Armstrong Chapel took place Monday May 27, 2019 at about 10:30 am and the weather was just right, sunny with a few clouds and a large attendance.

Gary Hartman, long-time member of Armstrong Chapel, was presiding over the program this year and represented the Armstrong Cemetery Trustees. He also introduced the various participants and also read the Roll Call of Deceased Veterans now 181 from 8 wars.

The Scouts of Troop 502 did the raising and lowering of the flag. The Indian Hill High School Brass Ensemble played various selections of patriot music. The Rev. David Brown of Armstrong Chapel gave the Invocation and the Memorial Prayer of Thanksgiving. The Gettysburg Address was read by Jack Renner Troop 502.  Indian Hill Mayor Mark Kuenning gave his speech which about a US pilot of  WWI Quiten Roosevelt, who sacrificed his life and gave his all, crashing his all and crashing behind enemy lines. The poem “Memorial Day” by CW Johnson was read by Thomas Frank of Troop 243. There were a few veterans present at the ceremony, and they all stood up to be recognized. Henry Brown of Troop 243 read the Lord’s Prayer. The Benediction was given by Rev. Stephan Caine of the Indian Hill Church. The marking of the veteran’s graves was completed by Don Ewers and Roger Stafford of the Armstrong Cemetery Trustees.

Fun fact: In 1923, the Armstrong Chapel trustees set out to create a special memorial for veterans and those interred in the cemetery.  With the help of the assigned minister Rev. Ballinger, an authentic cannon was located. With the help of H B Banning Post 198 Madisonville, the group dedicated the “Soldiers Memorial,” which is currently the Cannonade and flag pole.  
This year’s event drew a large crowd

Cannonball memorial built in 1923

Don Barker playing taps

Henry Brown Troop 243 The Lord's Prayer

Rev. David Brown of Armstrong Chapel giving the Invocation

Mrs. Esther Binns checking names during roll call.

Gary Hartman

Thomas Frank Troop 243 reading Memorial Day poem

Mark Kuenning Mayor of Indian Hill

Jack Renner Troop 502 reading the Gettysburg Address

Mark Kuenning and David Brown

IH Brass Ensemble

Flag being tied up

Scouts at attention

Raising the flag

Scouts handing out programs

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