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Memorial Day events are planned across Northeast Ohio

Members of the Perry American Legion Post 697 Color Guard march in the 2023 Perry Memorial Day parade. (News-Herald file)

Memorial Day will once again be celebrated locally with parades and ceremonies at area cemeteries.

Below are some of the events planned in The News-Herald's coverage area. Unless otherwise stated, they will take place on May 27th.

Lake County

• Concord Township will hold a brief service at 9 a.m. at Concord Cemetery, located east of Fire Station No. 1, 11599 Concord Hambden Road. This will be an opportunity to honor and pay tribute to veterans buried in area cemeteries and remember their departed loved ones, organizers said.

• Eastlake will host a presentation and ceremony at 11 a.m. at Boulevard of 500 Flags, 35150 Lakeshore Blvd.

• Fairport Harbor commemorations begin at 8:30 a.m. with a program conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7754 at the pier northwest of the north end of Water Street. At 9 a.m. VFW Post representatives will arrive at Memorial Park on Third Street between Eagle and Plum Streets and lead a brief program at the park.

There will then be a bicycle and golf cart parade from Memorial Park to Zion Lutheran Cemetery, 550 East St., at 9:30 a.m. The entry will feature the colors and the Fairport Harding High School Band will perform the national anthem.

• Kirtland will host a parade and ceremony in partnership with Barber-Williams American Legion Post 609 at 10 a.m. The parade will march from Kirtland High School, 9150 Chillicothe Road, to City Hall, 9301 Chillicothe Road. A service will follow at the adjacent Kirtland Area Veterans Memorial.

• Members of American Legion Posts 112 and 601 and VFW Post 8548 will hold services at all Madison cemeteries, followed by a parade. Memorial services will be at 7:20 a.m. at Thompson Cemetery, 7:40 a.m. at South Madison Cemetery, 7:45 a.m. at Route 84 Cemetery, 8:00 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery, 8:15 a.m. at Route 20 Cemetery, 8:25 a.m. at Madison High School. 8:45 a.m. at Arcola Cemetery, 9 a.m. at Dock Road Cemetery, 9:10 a.m. at Middle Ridge Cemetery, 9:20 a.m. at Madison Township Park and 9:40 a.m. at North Madison Cemetery.

A parade follows at 10:55 a.m. It begins at South Elementary School on East Main Street in Madison Village and leads to Village Park. Guest speaker will be retired Lake County Judge Richard Collins. Following the service there will be a wreath laying ceremony and a rifle salute.

• The annual Mentor Memorial Day ceremony will be at 10 a.m. at Mentor Municipal Cemetery, 6881 Hopkins Road.

The ceremony will be preceded by a ceremonial procession beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Memorial Middle School, 8979 Mentor Ave. begins. It continues north to the cemetery and reaches the Mentor Memorial Promenade.

This year's keynote speaker will be author and historian Todd Arrington, who serves as site manager for the James A. Garfield National Historic Site. Then, Congressman James A. Garfield gave the keynote address at the first-ever Decoration Day ceremony on May 30, 1868 at Arlington National Cemetery. Decoration Day eventually became known as Memorial Day.

In attendance will be members of the Mentor City Council and administration, as well as county and state elected officials and other veterans and civic groups.

• The annual AMVETS Memorial Day Parade is May 26th. The parade begins at 1 p.m. at Mentor-on-the-Lake City Hall and ends at AMVETS Post 109, 7847 Lakeshore Blvd. Golf carts are welcome to participate in the procession.

Residents are urged to remember that this is a silent parade. Andrews Road north of City Hall and a portion of Lakeshore Boulevard will be closed for the duration of the parade and motorists should plan accordingly.

• Painesville will host a parade and ceremony in partnership with American Legion Post 336. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery, 385 Riverside Drive, and marches to Evergreen Cemetery, 501 E. Main St., where the American Legion will conduct a parade service.

• Perry community events begin at 9 a.m. at Townline Park near the waterfront, where a ceremony will be held to honor those who died at sea. A ceremony will follow at 9:30 a.m. at Perry Cemetery on Center Road to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.

At 11 a.m. the parade will begin on Harper Street and march along Main Street to the Perry Museum. Finally, the Perry Historical Museum will host a Veterans Recognition Ceremony at 11:40 a.m. to honor all deceased veterans and those currently serving in the armed forces.

• The Wickliffe parade is organized by the American Legion Post 7 and VFW Post 2926. It will depart at 9:45 a.m. from the Premier Development parking lot and travel west on Euclid Avenue to Bishop Road, where it will turn south. The parade ends at City Hall.

Following the parade, a ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. that will include the flag raising by the Boy Scouts, Miss Poppy proclamations and commentary from the Legion and VFW. This will be a solemn remembrance of those lost in war and military service and those who are still prisoners of war.

• Willoughby's parade will be at 9:30 a.m. It begins in downtown Willoughby, turns onto Park Avenue and then Murray Avenue and ends at the cemetery. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. American Legion Post 214 and VFW Post 15000 will raise a flag at Willoughby Memorial Gardens Cemetery on Lakeshore Boulevard.

• Willoughby Hills VFW Post 4358 will honor all who have lost their lives during their military service with a ceremony at 11 a.m. at the outdoor memorial at the community center, 35400 Chardon Road.

Cuyahoga County

• Euclid will hold its annual events starting at 8 a.m. Graveside services will be at Euclid Cemetery and then at St. Paul's. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and runs from Lakeshore Boulevard to East 222nd Street to City Hall. An outdoor service will take place there immediately after the parade.

• Highland Heights will hold its annual celebration at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Peace Memorial next to the fire department, 5827 Highland Road. Mayor Chuck Brunello Jr. will join the community in honoring the fallen soldiers. Refreshments and light snacks will be available at the event immediately following the ceremony.

• Mayfield Heights will hold a service starting at 10 a.m. at City Hall, 6154 Mayfield Road. The service will feature a 21-gun salute from the Police Honor Guard and Fire Honor Guard, who will stand guard at the Honor Roll wall, which features the names of Heights residents who have served the country.

The event will also feature live music and a speech from Mayor Anthony DiCicco.

• Mayfield Village will hold its annual memorial service on May 26 at 1 p.m. The community will gather at Whitehaven Memorial Park, 615 SOM Center Road, to remember all those who have died while serving in the nation's armed forces. The event will include speeches, a Color Guard presentation and a tribute to all service flags.

Geauga County

• Auburn Township will honor fallen veterans with a ceremony at Maple Shade Cemetery at 8:45 a.m. May 26, followed by a gathering at the Adam Hall Community Center. The Auburn Museum will then be open to visitors.

• The Bainbridge Township Historical Society will honor veterans with a parade May 26 starting at 11:30 a.m. at the Bainbridge Commons. Participants then head to Restland Cemetery for a service. The speaker will be Linda Nutter, a U.S. Army veteran and retired Kenston Elementary School teacher.

• Chardon will hold his Memorial Day memorial service from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in front of the courthouse. A wreath-laying ceremony and program will follow the event at Chardon Memorial Cemetery.

• Claridon Township will host its Memorial Day March and Calling of Names starting at 9 a.m. at East Cemetery.

• Middlefield Village will host its parade starting at 11:30 a.m. in front of the Middlefield Fire Department lineup. The parade will end at Middlefield Cemetery on East High Street, State Route 87, east of Thompson Avenue, where a ceremony will take place.

Children are invited to participate in the parade and decorate a bicycle, scooter, wagon, etc. to ride. Anyone who would like to take part is asked to arrive in the hall at 11:30 a.m. All participants receive ice cream.

• The Montville Firefighters' Association will host a pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and after a cemetery program until 11:30 a.m. at the Montville Community Center, 9755 Madison Road. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12 and is free for military/veterans in uniform.

• Munson Township will hold a service at 8:30 a.m. at Maple Hill Cemetery, 13480 Auburn Road. The speaker will be Geauga County Commissioner Ralph Spidalieri.

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