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95th annual Memorial Day service planned

CHS, Naval Academy grad set as speaker

May 25, 2017
The Town Crier

CANFIELD - The 95th annual Canfield Memorial Day services will begin 10 a.m. Monday at the gazebo on the Canfield Village Green.

The featured speaker for the ceremony on the green will be Richard "Dick" Duffett, who graduated from Canfield High School with the Class of 1977 and the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1981.

Duffett played football, basketball and baseball for Canfield and served as captain of the CHS Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in physical science from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981 and played football and baseball for the Midshipmen.

In his active duty service, Duffett was assigned to the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower and served in several division officer assignments while on board. His ship was deployed to the 6th and 7th fleets in the Mediterranean Sea and the Middle East.

He participated in President Ronald Reagan's Multinational Force in Lebanon, an international peacekeeping force in Beirut, in 1983. He also served as navigator and department head on the U.S.S. Francis Hammond.

Following Duffett's speech and the ceremony on the green, there will be a procession to the Canfield East Cemetery, where a second brief ceremony will honor deceased Canfield veterans.

Participants will then return to the Canfield War Vets Museum, where a final ceremony will be held to honor Samuel C. Boak Sr., Leonard F. Day Sr., Leonard F. Day Jr. and Justin R. Reitmann, whose names have been added to the Wall of Honor.

Those attending the ceremonies are encouraged to bring a single, nonperishable food item that will be collected and donated to area veterans in need by the Zion Lutheran Church Veterans Food Bank. Dropoff points also will be located near the gazebo and in front of the Canfield Township Hall, 21 S. Broad St., on the east side of the green.

Also, nonserviceable American flags can be dropped off at the collection box on the porch of the War Vets Museum throughout the year.



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