After taking last year off due to COVID, the City of Blue Ash brought back their beloved Memorial Day parade and ceremony to the delight of a large and enthusiastic crowd of onlookers that lined the parade route. The parade was advertised by the media as one of the largest, if not the largest, in the Greater Cincinnati area. Speaking of the media, the parade was featured on all four of our local media outlets and our members were prominently shown on the newscasts. Our color guard led the parade and was followed by Mathias Clark pulling our float with his truck. There were members riding on the float as well as walking the route and riding in five cars. In total, we had about 36 of our members participating in the parade. We also had, riding in one of our cars, LTC Dan Meyers, son of our post commander Jim Meyers. LTC Meyers was the keynote speaker at the memorial ceremony held after the parade at the Towne Square. Post 630 member Dennis Schone was given the honor of laying the wreath at the base of the veterans' memorial monument. Our color guard presented the colors, our rifle team gave the three-volley salute, and Chaplain Dennis Ortlieb sounded taps. It was a long day for many but, as always, an honor to pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
David Buschmann, Post 430 publicity coordinator