Memorial Day Celebrations
- 21 Gun Salute Memorial Day at Walnut Grove
- Civil Way Memorial Day
- Honor Guard Memorial Day @ Walnut Grove
- Memorial Day Bag Pipers
- Memorial Day Speakers
- Worthington Band Memorial Day
Each year the Worthington American Legion Post 239 hosts one of the largest Memorial Day parades in Ohio. The parade begins at the American Legion Post 239 on Morning Street and ends at Walnut Grove Cemetery. The parade was originally started by the Daughters of the American Revolution and since 1919 has continued to be hosted by the American Legion Post 239. After the parade, everyone is invited to a service that is held in the Cemetery on the Ceremonial Mound in the section of the Cemetery which is called the Circle of Honor. The Circle of Honor was dedicated on May 31, 2010 by Dr. Robert Chosy, Cemetery Trustee.
Each Memorial Day the Cemetery Staff places a flag at each of the 1,334 Veterans graves and is a site to behold. The Veterans also have a flag holder that is provided by the Veterans Association that denotes the war in which they served or if they served during peace time. There are Veterans from the War of 1812 through the Persian Gulf War represented in Walnut Grove. Click on the names at the bottom of this screen to read about some of the veterans and their stories. If you would like to include the story of your loved one please contact the Cemetery office.
Post 239 organizes a wonderful ceremony each year with special music provided by individuals and the Worthington High School Band, an honor guard which performs a 21 gun salute, excellent speakers, and bagpipers.
Major General Mark E. Bartman will be the featured speaker for the 2015 service. He is the Adjutant General, Ohio National Guard. He is a member of the Governor’s cabinet and is responsible for the command of the Ohio National Guard and the military readiness of the Ohio Militia.
The Cemetery Trustees and Staff invite you to attend this yearly event to honor all who have served their country and put themselves in harm’s way so that everyone can continue to enjoy their freedom.
Veterans of Walnut Grove
A graduate from Worthington High School in 1939. He lettered in baseball and basketball and was an honor student. He was Worthington’s first casualty in World War II, fatally injured in an airplane accident at Will Rogers Field, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in April 1943, only days before his 22nd birthday. He was the son of Mrs. Faythe Blackston and had resided at 682 Oxford Street. The Worthington Post of the American Legion is named in his honor. His funeral was held at the Worthington Methodist Church, and he is buried in Walnut Grove Cemetery. All businesses in Worthington were closed during the funeral as a mark of respect. He was employed as a banker at Worthington Savings Bank on graduation from high school until he entered service.
He was a member of the glider unit of the 319th Field Artillery Battalion, 82nd Air Division. He participated in the invasions of Africa, Sicily, Italy and the D-Day invasion of Normandy. He was injured and reported missing in action September 18, 1944, during Operation Market-Garden in Holland. His family learned after the war through a fellow prisoner that he had suffered severe leg wounds when captured and died of those wounds in a German hospital the following day. A memorial service was held for him August 5, 1945, in the Worthington Methodist Church, where he was a member and had sung in the choir. He was a 1935 graduate of Worthington High School and a 1939 graduate of Ohio State University. He was arts supervisor for Puqua Schools prior to entering the service. He was the son of Mrs. Burdett Keys, who lived at 98 E. New England Avenue, and was the brother of Charles Keys, Elizabeth Sadosky and Mildred Thrall.
He was a member of the Class of 1942 at Worthington High School. He had been with the 82nd Airborne Division and later was assigned to the 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment and was acting squad leader. He was a veteran of the invasions of Sicily and Italy before participating in the D-Day invasion of Normandy. In October 1944 he was wounded in France and returned to action in November. At age 21 he was killed in action on January 5, 1945, near Burgeval, Belgium. He was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action. As squad leader on a patrol, Lynam came under heavy enemy fire. With utter disregard for his own safety, he moved forward and calmly led and directed his squad in an attack on the enemy, personally killing five before he was mortally wounded. He was the son of Roy L. and Helen Rosetta Lynam, who resided at 143 W. South Street.
He was from the prominent Worthington military family. He was a member of the 10th Armored Division and was killed six weeks short of his 21st birthday in southern Germany on April 30, 1945. The war clearly lost, Adolf Hitler committed suicide that same day and two days later Berlin would fall. Pruden was awarded the Bronze Star posthumously for gallantry in action. He was driver of the lead tank as his unit knifed through Germany as the war was grinding to an end. His tank was hit by fanatical SS troops defending a military school to the death. He escaped from the tank and took shelter. When other tanks approached the trap, he stood up to warn them off and was killed instantly. The Prudens resided at 573 Hartford Street. Jeremy was football manager when in Worthington High School and was vice president of the 1943 Senior Class. He was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church.
He served in Company E. of the 7th Infantry, 3rd Division. He was a veteran of the African campaign and was wounded in Sicily on August 11, 1943. He was reported missing in action in the Battle of Mount Cassino near Cassino, Italy, for many months and presumptive date of death later was set on November 7, 1944. After the war it was determined that he was killed in action on November 6, 1944. He was the son of Howard and Ruth Stroupe, who resided at 567 Lincoln Avenue, and the brother of Betty Irwin, Eileen Short, Margaret Haxby and Howard Stroupe.
She served in the Persian Gulf War and is the first Persian Gulf Veteran to be buried in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Lee Ann was a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps. Member of St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Graduate of Worthington High School in 1983, graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in 1987, selected for inclusion in the Outstanding Young Women of America 1986, published author, member of International Society of Poets, licensed literacy instructor of adults, and counseled at battered women shelters. She was only 37 years old.