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Retired Air Force police chief Douglas Austin to speak
Memorial Day parade, ceremony to be Sunday
Memorial Day will be celebrated in Rossford with a parade and ceremony at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, May 29 to honor veterans.
The Memorial Day parade begins at 1:30 p.m. in downtown Rossford, marching to Veterans Memorial Park and concluding with a special ceremony.
The guest speaker for the ceremony is Douglas Austin, who retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Senior Master Sergeant in 2012 after 25 years of active duty military service.
His career culminated as Chief of Police, Forward Operating Base (FOB) SHANK, Logar Providence, Afghanistan where he was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the U.S. Army Achievement Medal for dedication and service while leading 20 Air Force Military Policeman in a combat zone.
Previously, SMSgt Austin was the Security Forces Operations Superintendent, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, in Dayton, Ohio from 2010-2012.
He has been deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo and Albania, supporting combat and humanity relief operations and led two Air Force One security missions to Africa in support of U.S. President George W. Bush visits.
SMSgt. Austin has been additionally awarded three Meritorious Service Medals, six Commendation Medals, six Achievement Medals– one with valor, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal and two NATO Medals.
He is married to Rossford graduate Amy Jeziorowski and they have three sons. Two are on active duty and one is in ROTC at Ohio State University.
Mr. Austin also serves as commander of the Rossford Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6409.
After his keynote speech during the ceremony, Richard DeVaul, American Legion commander, will present a new U.S. flag to Rossford Mayor Neil MacKinnon III for the municipal building.
Joseph “Moe”  Minarcin, first vice commander, will read the names of all the fallen veterans from the Rossford, Ross Township and Perrysburg Township areas.
American Legion and VFW members who passed away during 2014 and 2015 also will be noted, he said.
Parade Begins at 1:30 p.m.
The parade begins at 1:30 p.m., with American Legion Post 533 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6409 stepping off at the corner of Superior and Elm streets.
The parade will march west on Superior to Eagle Point Road, along Hannum Avenue and end at Veterans Memorial Park for a ceremony.
Between 20 to 30 local veterans will participate in the parade, according to Mr. DeVaul.
The Rossford High School band will play in the parade and will be joined by several Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops and community leaders, he said.
Following the ceremony at the park, the American Legion post at 145 Bergin Street will host an open house. Food and beverages will be served, and the public is invited to attend.
In case of rain, there will be no parade, and the ceremony will take place at the Rossford High School fieldhouse at 1:30 p.m.
Poppy Day Sale Friday
The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will hold its annual Poppy Day sale on Friday, May 27, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Legion and Auxiliary members will be at various Rossford businesses offering poppies and collecting donations, which are used for veterans.


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Rossford lies at the heart of the Crossroads of America, an area experiencing tremendous economic growth, located at the crossroads of Interstate 75 and the Ohio Turnpike. The city's population of approximately 6,000 is primarily a mix of descendants of Polish, Czechoslovakian, German and Ukrainian workers who came from Pennsylvania to work at the glass plant, now Pilkington.

Rossford was incorporated as a village in 1939 and as a city in 1971. The City is a municipal corporation which operates under its own charter and is governed by a mayor and seven-member City Council. Rossford is served by full-time police and part-time fire departments, dispatched from the neighboring Village of Walbridge.

The City maintains a Community Recreation Center and three parks, one of which,Veterans Memorial Park, features a seasonal marina along with picnic areas and diamonds and courts for baseball, tennis, basketball and volleyball.

Rossford has three elementary schools, Glenwood, Indian Hills and Eagle Point, a junior high and high school and All Saints parochial school for grades pre-kindergarten through eight.

The city boasts a public library and many service and community organizations such as the Rossford Business Association, Lions Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Its Rossford Community Service League sponsors annual activities such as a Valentine's Day Dance, Easter egg hunt, Halloween, Memorial Day parades and their Christmas tree lighting.


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