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Memorial Day service in New Philadelphia Courthouse Plaza

/ May 27, 2024

The event

The New Philadelphia Veterans Coordinating Committee is presenting its annual Memorial Day service on Monday, May 27, at 11:00 AM on the Courthouse Plaza in downtown New Philadelphia.

We are honored to have as our guest speaker for the 2024 Memorial Day program Colonel Thomas J. Rogers, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital.  Dr. Rogers, a native of North Canton, continuing a family legacy of military service to our Nation, served 29 years in the US Army Medical Corps, retiring with the rank of Colonel.  During his service as an Army Medical Officer, Dr. Rogers held numerous medical and command positions around the world, including two deployments to Iraq.  His final five years of active duty were served at the Pentagon.  He is presently employed by the Cleveland Clinic as Submarket Vice President and as Chief Medical Officer of Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital.  Dr. Rogers and his wife Christy reside in Massillon.

We are blessed again this Memorial Day with the patriotic participation and support of our local New Philadelphia school community.  The New Philadelphia High School Marching Quaker Band, under the direction of Mr. Jeff Furbay, will launch the program with the playing of our national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.  Student vocalists from the NPHS Delphian Chorale, under the direction of Kristi Prucha, will perform some of our favorite patriotic songs.  Welty Middle School students, under the direction of Sharon Ricklic, will demonstrate the proper folding of Old Glory, explaining the meaning of each fold.  Welty students will also recite In Flanders Field by John McCrea and President Abraham Lincoln’s immortal Gettysburg Address.

Volleys and Taps will be rendered in honor of those brave men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces and made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of our nation.  The three rifle volleys signify their devotion to Duty, Honor and Country.  Taps, a hauntingly beautiful bugle call composed of just 24 notes, has come to symbolize all the sacrifices and hardships made and endured by all of America’s men and women in uniform, past and present, symbolizing the end of their call to duty, and the beginning of their eternal rest.  The volleys will be rendered by volunteers from New Philadelphia’s veterans’ service organizations while echo Taps will be sounded by musicians from the New Philadelphia High School MQB.

In the event of severe weather, the Memorial Day program will be moved to the banquet hall at the New Philadelphia VFW Post located at 441 Park Avenue NW in New Philadelphia.