7-year-old singer, ventriloquist, actress to be featured vocalist at Memorial Day service

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Breckelle Miller, a 7-year-old singer, ventriloquist and actress will be the featured vocalist for the Memorial Day service at Ashland Cemetery.
Breckelle Miller, a 7-year-old singer, ventriloquist and actress will be the featured vocalist for the Memorial Day service at Ashland Cemetery.

The City of Ashland Memorial Day Committee is pleased to present a 2022 Memorial Day parade and service at Ashland Cemetery, according to a news release from the committee.

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Featured vocalist for the service at Ashland Cemetery is Breckelle Miller, a 7-year-old singer, ventriloquist and actress. She was named the 2022 Talent of the Year winner at the Cinderella State Scholarship Pageant. She was recognized by the President of the Ohio Senate for her achievements. She recently sang the national anthem for the Ashland University men’s and women’s basketball games.

This year, she acted and sang in four feature films with movie stars Kevin Sorbo and Dean Cain. She is currently a finalist in the Ohio Has Talent and will compete in June. She is a kindergarten student at Stingel Elementary in Ontario. Breckelle’s mom (Kimberly Yeager) is a former Miss Ashland and a ventriloquist.

Featured speaker at the service at Ashland Cemetery is Victor Perez, who is a member of Harry Higgins Post 88 of the American Legion. He is with the Ashland County Prosecutors Office as assistant prosecutor. He served five years in the U.S. Marines.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, upon graduation from high school, he enlisted in the USMC and attended boot camp in Parris Island in 1988. He deployed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in support of Desert Shield and participated in combat during Operation Desert Shield in 1991. He was honorable discharged from active duty in 1993.

The entry process for the parade is now open for residents, churches, businesses and organizations that would like to participate. Every person/group in the parade should focus on patriotism.

The parade has always been about recognizing all the men and women that have served in the United States Armed Forces. Memorial Day is a holiday for honoring and mourning the military personnel who have died while served in the Armed Forces.

Veterans Service Commission members to serve as parade marshals

Serving as parade marshals this year will be members of the Veterans Service Commission. They will be recognized during the service at Ashland Cemetery.

Parade rules are as follows: No candy throwing or handing out candy to the spectators; floats and vehicles must be patriotically decorated and display the American flag; no political or controversial groups, organizations or advertising will be permitted; no “for sale” signs allowed on any vehicle in the parade. The parade committee reserves all rights to reject any proposed entry.

Those interested in being in the parade are asked to contact Mary Ann Dull at 419-651-0156 (leave message or text) or email at alamadlady54@yahoo.com. Deadline is May 23.

This article originally appeared on Ashland Times Gazette: Memorial Day in Ashland to have parade and service