Monday was a special day in the Village of Jeffersonville as large crowds lined the streets for the annual Memorial Day parade in the morning, followed by the Jeffersonville Veterans Memorial Service.
One of the highlights of the parade was the inclusion of numerous youth baseball, softball and t-ball teams who tossed candy to the children on the sidewalks. The parade also included local veteran groups, numerous emergency vehicles, antique cars, tractors, etc.
Local historian and retired educator Paul LaRue was the speaker at the Veterans Memorial Service.
“There are more than 1,100 names on the Jeffersonville Veterans Memorial,” LaRue said. “One hundred sixty-two of those names represent young men from this community that served in World War I. Eight of these men made the ultimate sacrifice; a similar number were wounded in action.”
One hundred four years ago, the US was involved in World War I — four million served, two million overseas with 300,000 casualties in 11 months, according to LaRue. More than 100,000 US soldiers and sailors died in service — 200,000-plus Ohioans served with 6,500 Ohioan deaths in service.
LaRue spoke about seven veterans honored at the Jeffersonville Veterans Memorial, including Private Harry B. Acton, Private Ernest Leo Wilt, Private Wilbur Baker, Sgt. 1st Class Howard L. Matthews, Private Clarence Maxwell, and Private Howard Spence.
“We talk a lot about ‘super heroes’ today,” said LaRue. “These men were real super heroes.”
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