BOARDMAN, Ohio (AP) — Memorial Day is especially meaningful for a northeast Ohio man whose family has included 24 members who served in the U.S. military since World War I.
The Vindicator in Youngstown (http://bit.ly/KcJLc6 ) reports those members include 20 men and four women in John F. Grantonic's family from eastern Ohio's Mingo Junction area.
Grantonic, of Boardman, says he traditionally visits his brother's grave in Steubenville and will attend a Memorial Day service Monday in Mingo Junction, where names of residents killed in World War II will be read. Grantonic's brother, Thomas Grantonic, was killed during World War II.
The family' tradition of military service began with Grantonic's father, John J. Grantonic, in WWI. John F Grantonic was in the Ohio National Guard in the 1950s.
Information from: The Vindicator, http://www.vindy.com