American Legion offers flowers for Father's Day

The new home of the Tallmadge American Legion Post 255 is by the entrance to the Tallmadge Cemetery. Members will be raising money by selling flowers for donations to families who want to place them on graves for Father's Day.

TALLMADGE – For those looking to honor their dad on Father’s Day, or even honor a departed loved one, the American Legion Kneil-Lawrentz Post 255 will sell flowers June 20 and 21.

The flowers can be purchased at the American Legion’s Post’s new home at 35 Southwest Avenue. The organization is  renting the historical home from the city, said Chaplain Bill Hostutler. The home was built in the 1800s.

The commander of Post 255 is Jim Forsythe.

Flowers can be purchased June 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and June 21 from noon to 4 p.m. Proceeds from donations will be used to support the various Legion’s programs such as the Buckeye Boys State and Buckeye Girls State where two boys and girls from Tallmadge High School attend the annual program to learn about good citizenship.

The American Legion house is at the entrance to the Tallmadge Cemetery next to Donovan Funeral Home where a stand with the flowers will be located. Visitors can select the flowers they want to place on a grave.

The offering of flowers by the American Legion will be available each major holiday.

“Every holiday the legion will have flowers for those who want to take them to the cemetery,” Hostutler said.

Mayor David Kline said years ago the house was going to be torn down, and the city purchased it to create a new entrance on Southwest Avenue to the cemetery after South Avenue was widened and that entrance had to be eliminated.

But there was a lot of good history in the home, and a smaller entrance was created instead of a boulevard to preserve the house, the mayor said. The Tallmadge Historical Society leased it and made repairs to the house. It was used as a museum before the historical society turned the house back to the city.

The American Legion has had the house for about a year, Hostutler said. The city mows the lawn and the legion is responsible for the maintenance.

“We approached the city and asked if we could rent it,” Hostutler said. “They agreed to $1 a year if we keep the place up inside and don’t destroy anything historical.”

Members of the American Legion sit on the Veteran’s Committee, headed by the city’s Director of Public Service Michael Rorar. This committee helps to organize different events like the Memorial Day ceremony, which was videotaped this year because of COVID-19.

One of the goals for American Legion 255 is to open the building up as a veteran’s center for Tallmadge and use it for organization meetings, including veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. 

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