Uhrichsville, Ohio - The Twin Cities community will be honoring a local man who was among those killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
A memorial ceremony for Uhrichsville native Ensign James W. Haverfield will be held Friday morning at the Uhrichsville City Park on the 77th anniversary of the attack that prompted the nation's entry into WWII.
The event begins at 7:55 am at the waterfront with a Call to Order by emcee Bob Michels followed by the Posting of the Colors by the Honor Guard from American Legion Posts 491, 139 and 204 and the singing of the National Anthem by Claymont Intermediate students. Uhrichsville Mayor Rick Dorland will welcome the community to the ceremony, and Councilman Eric Harmon will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Pastor Shaun Green of Uhrichsville First United Methodist Church will give the invocation, which will be followed by a reading from Councilman Harmon. A moment of silence will be observed at 8:10, the time when the first bomb came crashed down on the USS Arizona. Claymont Senior Rachel Ralston will perform the Naval hymn "Eternal Father," which will be followed by the laying of the wreath by Cathis Cottis. Afterward, 77 chimes will ring out, one for each year that has passed since the tragedy. Special guests R. David Smith and Haverfield Association members will then share their remarks, and the ceremony will close with a sing-along to "God Bless America," a benediction and the playing of "Taps."
The entire event is free and open to the public. A reception at Big Bend Golf Course will follow the ceremony.