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Abe Lincoln to visit Dalton on Memorial Day


Gerald Payn, of Wooster, will portray Abraham Lincoln on May 30 at the Dalton Cemetery and give the famous Gettysburg Address.


DGKN staff report


DALTON  A Memorial Day parade and ceremony with a special visitor is planned in the village for the day to honor the sacrifice and loss of military members who died in service.

Anyone is welcome to bring their bicycles, trucks, cars and other vehicles decorated patriotically at 9:45 a.m. May 30 to Dalton High School. The parade steps off at 10 a.m. No signup is required. Parents are asked to accompany their children if they’re participating riding their bicycles. Out of respect for the day, no handouts, candy or anything of that nature is permitted like at other parades throughout the year. The parade will go down Mill Street and along Main Street toward Dalton Cemetery.

Everyone is welcome to meet at the Dalton Cemetery where there will be a program. Dalton High School band will participate in the event, and Dalton Holidays Festival royalty will lay wreaths. The Fallen Comrade Table, steeped in symbolism, will be set up for the day at the cemetery.

Organizers of the annual event include Boy Scout Troop 922 and Cub Scout Pack 922, who will provide color guard and flag raising, as well as Dalton Presbyterian Church.

Gerald Payn, of Wooster, will recite the Gettysburg Address as the 16th President of the United States. The Abraham Lincoln re-enactor is a life member of the National Association of Lincoln Presenters and has portrayed Lincoln since 1999. Pastor Sally Fusek is expected to make the benediction and Mayor Dennis Finley will provide a welcome.

Gerald Payn has portrayed Lincoln at Dalton Presbyterian Church for Fourth of July festivities in the past. The 6-foot-4 re-enactor had planned to visit previously and had been scheduled to return to Dalton for Memorial Day but plans changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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