The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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May 25, 2014

Vietnam War veteran will speak at Conneaut Memorial Day event


Remembering will be the theme of the speech Stephen C. Carroll will deliver Monday at Conneaut’s Memorial Day ceremony, the Cochranton, Pa., resident said this week.
People must not forget the sacrifice troops have made over the decades, and Carroll — a Vietnam War veteran — said he will reflect on why memories have special importance in his life.
“I’m not really going to give a prepared speech,” he said. “It’s more like a discussion. I’ll bring up some personal events and circumstances from my life.”
The event, coordinated by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2836, starts at 10:45 a.m. with a procession from American Legion Cowle Post 151 on Broad Street to the Veterans’ Memorial next to City Hall on Main Street.
After the laying of wreaths and the tolling of the memorial’s bell, the parade will continue to City Cemetery on Liberty Street for the balance of the program.
Carroll, 69, served 20 months in Vietnam, time mostly spent in Tay Nihn near the Cambodia border, in 1968 and 1969 with the Army’s 7th Calvary and 1st Air Calvary Division. Carroll earned many medals, including the Purple Heart for gunshot and shrapnel wounds he suffered.
He was invited to speak by his friend Richard Gleason of Conneaut, another Vietnam veteran who will serve as master of ceremonies.
An environmental horticulturist by profession, Carroll said his remarks will also touch on the impact military service has on “families and people you don’t generally think about,” he said.
Carroll said he hopes to see a lot of families at the ceremony. “It’s pretty special when they bring along the young people,” he said.
The program at the cemetery will also include:
• “America the Beautiful,” sung by Lauren Horwood;
• Victoria Watson’s recitation of “The Gettysburg Address” 
• Music by the Conneaut High School Marching Band and Marty Landon.
• City Council President Nicholas Church, another Army Vietnam War vet, will share a history of the holiday and also read the names of the 49 Conneaut-area men who lost their lives in past conflicts.

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