Photos from Memorial Day ceremony in Medina

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 May 2020 at 9:46 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – Steve Johnson salutes after he presented flowers at State Street Park during a Memorial Day ceremony today at about noon.

It was a smaller service today due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Local veterans insisted on having a service to honor veterans who have served the country.

To see a video of the gun salute and Tom Walders playing Taps at the service, click here.

State Assemblyman Steve Hawley reads the names of veterans from the Medina area who have died since last Memorial Day. Jim Freas, one of the organziers of the service, is in back.

That roll includes:

• Donald Durow, Army; Charles Marcinowski, Army; Raymond Callard, Army; Walter Hird, Air Force; Kenneth Schaal, Marines; John Baron, Navy; Charles Sutliff, Navy; Jack Bellack, Army; Leonard Balcerzak, Army; Douglas Birch, Army; Eugene Schwarzott, Navy;

• Steven Sills, Army; Robert Holtz, Air Force; William Ames, Navy; Frank Nicometi, Army; Robert Simpson, Army; David Watts, Army; Curtis Bentley, Army; James Johnson, Marines; Leonard Levandowski; Frederick Grant, Air Force; Peter Hallows; Jake Grehlinger, Army;

• William Brazzell, National Guard; Charles Marcinowski, Army; Roger Seefeldt, Army; William Renouf, Navy; Joseph Nieboer, Navy; Charles Sutliff, Navy; Gordon Tooley, Army; William Arnett, Army;

• Lavern “Bud” Fuller, Army; Eugene Schwarzott, Jr., Navy; Leonard Balcerzak, Army; Curtis Bentley, Air Force; and David Watts, Army.

Bernard Nowak, a former Navy chaplain, shared a prayer during the service. Nowak now serves as the priest for Holy Trinity Parish in Medina and Middleport.

Veterans gather by the World War I cannon at State Street Park. That cannon was refurbished and rededicated at last year’s Memorial Day.

Steve Earl carries the flag for the American Legion from State Street Park to the VFW after today’s Memorial Day service at the park.

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