Memorial Day Ceremony
Another Memorial Day
It was a Glorious morning, the sun was in full display, and the Willoughby sky was azure and deep.
The American Legion speaker hit all the requisite chords to touch a patriot’s soul.
The Band from Willoughby South hit all their notes with precision and grace,
“America the Beautiful” and the “Star-Spangled Banner” echoed through the trees and among the headstones.
Squirrels take pause to note the proceedings while Bluejays and Blackbirds reconnoiter the sod,
searching for a discarded candy wrapper or the last of the maple seeds.
The Honor Guard raise their M14s to fire three volleys that crack the stillness, and send a young Black Lab into panic!
Two lads from the band play the all too familiar Tattoo that follows every last call to the gravesite of the fallen.
Two F35s thunder above in the traditional “broken formation” before a cup of ice coffee with my comrades at Fiona’s.
— John Sandy
- Saturday, July 8, 2022
- James A. Garfield NHS, Carriage House Auditorium
- Social time at 6 PM
- The Garfield Trail
- Presenter: Tim Garfield
- Debate of Disposition of Confederate Memorials and Statues
- Debaters: John Fazio and Mel Maurer
- The Garfield Trail
Next Meeting: Tuesday September 13, 2022
Subject: 25th Anniversary Celebration
Presenter: Executive Board
September 2022 marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Northeast Ohio Civil War Round Table. We will celebrate this achievement with a special dinner and program. Partners are invited.
- Canteen at 6:00 PM — Dinner at 6:45 PM
- Pine Ridge Country Club, 30601 Ridge Road (Ohio 84), Wickliffe, OH (1/2 mile west of Ohio 91)
- Cost $30.00 (please note price increase) for an excellent family-style dinner and speaker. Cash bar.
- Reservations are required. Email Franco Sperrazzo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Subject: Answering Lincoln’s Call
Presenter: Dr. Tom Harvey
Dr. Harvey’s interest in Lieutenant Thomas S. Armstrong, his ancestor, and the Lieutanant’s experiences in the Civil War, piqued his interest in another individual who had a significant influence on Lt. Armstrong’s early experiences in the war.
Mortimer D. Leggett was a lawyer and Superintendent of the Zanesville City Schools when the Civil War began. He was asked to form a volunteer regiment that became the 78th Ohio Volunteer Infantry regiment in October, 1861. In January, 1862, with no military experience and little traininng, he was given command of the regiment.
His inexperience showed, and there were missteps in the beginning. Colonel Leggett learned and became a reliable leader. As a result, he ultimately was promoted to Brevet Major General. His regiment saw action at numerous places throughout the south and performed particularly well as Shiloh and Kennesaw Mountain.
You’ve probably never heard of Mortimer Leggett, but that is the point of Dr. Harvey’s talk. Leggett was an ordinary American who did some extraordinary things with no experience and little or no training. His story is representative of thousands of others, both Confederate and Union, who fought in the war and should not be forgotten.
Schedule of Speakers for 2022 and 2023
- January 11, 2022
- General ‘Jack’ Casement
- Presenter: David Lintern, past-president
- February 8, 2022
- Blacks in the Civil War
- Presenter: Ted Karle
- March 8, 2022
- Ohio Units at Antietam
- Presenter: Dan Welch
- April 12, 2022
- Underground Railroad
- Presenter: Dorothy Salem
- May 10, 2022
- Answering Lincoln’s Call
- Presenter: Tom Harvey
- September 13, 2022
- 25Th Anniversary Celebration
- October 11, 2022
- Life and Times of George McClellan
- John Sandy
- November 8, 2022
- December 13, 2022
- January 10, 2023
- Notables Buried at Woodlands Cemetery
- Michelle Day
- February 14, 2023
- Meanings and Origins of Juneteenth
- Judge Charles Patton
- March 14, 2023
- The Blue Water Navy
- William Vodrey
- April 11, 2023
- Beauvoir: the Last Home of Jefferson Davis
- Paul Siedel, NEOCWRT President
- May 9, 2023
Lunchtime Series: Leaders and Legacies of the Civil War
These talks normally take place on the second Wednesday of the month and are back to in-person presentations.
June’s program will take place on Wednesday, June 8, at 12 noon in the Village Room of the Main Library building and is titled James A. Garfield and the First Decoration Day.
The late-May holiday we call Memorial Day began after the Civil War and was then known as Decoration Day. The first Decoration Day ceremony took place in Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 1868, and the keynote speaker was Congressman/former Union General James A. Garfield. Learn more about Decoration Day and Garfield’s powerful speech that day.
Presented by Todd Arrington, James A. Garfield NHS