Memorial Day events return after pandemic limited parades, ceremonies

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Parades and ceremonies honoring veterans will return to Memorial Day after the pandemic forced many cities to modify their plans in the past two years.

The first holiday weekend of the summer includes memorials and festivals across the region.

Many Northeast Ohio cities offered drive-through parades and social distanced ceremonies during the pandemic. They also limited events. But as sick and mask mandates disappeared, communities have hosting events that veteran honors.

Avon

The city will not host a parade this year, but it will have a ceremony at 10 am Monday at the Veterans Memorial, which is behind the city’s Post Office on 36225 Detroit Road.

Avon Lake

The city parade will be at 10 am Monday. It begins at Avon Lake High School, 175 Avon Belden Road, and ends at Veterans Memorial Park, 32756 Lake Road.

Bedford

Beford’s parade begins at 10:15 am Monday. It will start at Bedford City Hall, 165 Center Road, with a ceremony to follow at Public Square on Broadway Avenue and conclude at the Bedford Cemetery.

Berea

The 23rd annual National Rib Cook-Off & Beer Fest will be Friday through Monday. It takes place at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. Children 12 and under get in free. The entrance fee for adults on Saturday, Sunday and Monday is $10. On Friday, it is free before 5 pm

Brecksville

Its parade will begin at 10 am Monday and progress from City Hall to Highland Drive Cemetery. It will include the Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School Marching Band.

Broadview Heights

Citing the success of last year’s Memorial Day Drive-Thru Parade, the city will host a similar event this year. The interactive drive-through will begin at 10 am on Monday. Parade vehicles, floats, service flags and signs are to park along the side of the main entrance of the Community Center.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn’s parade begins at 11 am from Brooklyn High School, traveling east on Biddulph Road, north on Ridge Road and west on Memphis Avenue, with commemorative services at City Hall.

Chagrin Falls

Chagrin Falls will host its annual Blossom Time festival throughout the weekend. The three-day event will include carnival rides, parades, live music, pie-eating contests and more. The festivals will close out with a parade at 10 am Monday at Triangle Park. Afterward, a ceremony will take place at Evergreen Cemetery.

Cleveland

The 19th annual Firefighters Memorial Ride is at 10:30 am Sunday at the Cleveland Firefighters Memorial next to FirstEnergy Stadium. A memorial service will be at 10:30 am Monday at Lake View Cemetery, 12316 Euclid Ave. The event will include flag raising, placing of wreaths at the James A. Garfield Memorial and a performance by the Cleveland Letter Carriers Band. Mark Mykleby, a retired colonel of the US Marine Corp, will speak. More than 9,000 veterans are buried at the cemetery.

Cleveland Heights

The city will have its memorial ceremony for veterans at 10 am Monday at Cumberland Park on Mayfield Road across from the Community Center.

Euclid

Its graveside services will begin at 7:45 am Monday at Euclid Cemetery. The city’s parade will begin at 10 am at Lakeshore Boulevard and East 228 Street.

Fairview Park

Fairview Park’s events begin with a ceremony at 8 am Monday at City Hall. This is followed by a 9 am parade that steps off from Corrigan Craciun Funeral Home at West 208th Street and Lorain Road and continues to services at Fairview Park Cemetery.

Garfield Heights

The city’s parade will begin at 10 am Monday at Garfield Heights High School, 4900 Turney Road. It will be followed by a service at Veterans Plaza at the Garfield Heights Civil Center.

Highland Heights

The annual observance will take place at 10 am Monday at the Veteran’s Peace Memorial, located near the fire station, at 5827 Highland Road.

Independence

Independence’s services and procession will begin at 9:30 am Monday at the Veterans Monument on Public Square. Immediately after the service and wreath-laying ceremony, there will be a procession to Maple Shade Cemetery, where a short, graveside service will follow.

Mayfield Heights

The city’s Memorial Day ceremony will take place at 10 am Monday in the parking lot of the police station at 6154 Mayfield Road. Chelmsford Road will be closed during the ceremony.

Medina

The parade begins near the Medina County Courthouse at 10 am Monday. It will go to a Spring Grove Cemetery, where there will be a ceremony.

Mentor

The city’s parade will begin at 9:30 am Monday from the Heinen’s parking lot at 8850 Mentor Ave. It will be followed by a ceremony at 10 am at the Mentor Cemetery, 6881 Hopkins Road.

North Olmsted

The city’s observance begins at 6:45 am Monday at North Olmsted VFW Post 7647 with the flag lowered to half-staff. The parade begins at 10:30 am from the North Olmsted Police Department, 27243 Lorain Road, parking lot to the community park.

North Ridgeville

The parade will assemble at 9:45 am Monday at the North Ridgeville Senior Center, 7327 Avon Belden Road. It will travel east down Bainbridge Road, ending at Ranger Stadium, where a ceremony will follow.

Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery

The national cemetery will honor veterans at a service at 10 am Sunday at 10175 Rawiga Road, Seville. Parking is limited. The cemetery is one of two national cemeteries in Ohio. The other is Dayton National Cemetery.

Olmsted Falls

The parade will begin at 9:30 am Monday, leaving from Falls-Lenox Primary School on Bagley Road. A ceremony will follow at the Village Green gazebo.

Parma

Memorial services begin at 9 am Monday at Holy Spirit Cemetery and 10:30 am at St Andrew’s Catholic Cemetery. A full color guard ceremony, including remarks from Mayor Tim DeGeeter, is scheduled for 11:45 am at Veterans Memorial Park and 12:30 pm at American Legion Post 572.

Parma Heights

At 9:30 am Monday, the city will host the oldest continuous Memorial Day service in Ohio. The 155th annual service at Parma-South Presbyterian Church takes place on the front lawn of the church, 6155 Pearl Road. Guests are encouraging to bring their own lawn chairs and hand-held flags. American Legion Post 703 will have its annual ceremony at the Parma Heights Cemetery following the service at Parma-South.

Pepper Pike

Pepper Pike will host a commemorative ceremony at 10 am Monday in front of City Hall. The Orange High School Band, accompanied by the school’s Lionettes, will provide music. The guest speaker will be former radio personality and disc jockey Larry Morrow, who served as a Marine. In the event of rain, the event will be at the Pepper Pike Park Pavilion, located behind City Hall.

Richmond Heights

The city’s parade begins at 9 am Monday from Desan Park, 479 Trebisky Road, and continue along Highland Road to the city’s Community Park, 26789 Highland Road, where a service will begin at 10:30 am A community picnic will follow at 11 am

Rocky River

The city will begin its summer concert series at 7 pm Sunday at Rocky River Park with the Rocky River High School Jazz Band performing. A memorial ceremony will begin at 10 am Monday at Lakewood Park Cemetery on Detroit Road. The high school’s marching band and several scout troops and community leaders will take part in the event.

Seven Hills

The parade will begin at St. Columbkille at 10:30 am Monday and follow the route down Broadview Road, up Hillside Road and end at City Hall. A ceremony will begin at 11:15 am

Shaker Heights

The city’s parade begins at 9 am Monday at City Hall. Afterward, the parade will begin at Van Aken Boulevard and Lee Road and proceed east to the Van Aken District in the westbound lane of Van Aken Boulevard.

South Euclidean

The city’s parade will begin at 9 am Monday from Regina Hall [formerly Regina High School] on the campus of Notre Dame College and travel on South Green Road to the war memorial for a ceremony.

University Heights

The city’s parade begins at 11 am Monday. It will travel east on Silsby Road to South Belvoir Boulevard, ending at John Carroll University. It will feature marching bands and other entertainment.

Westlake

The Kiwanis Club’s annual parade will depart at 10 am Monday from St. Peter & George Coptic Orthodox Church, 25800 Hilliard Boulevard, and go to Clague Park. A ceremony will follow.

Willoughby

The city’s parade begins at 9:30 am Monday at Erie Street/Third Street. It will go along to Euclid Avenue and turn onto Park Avenue, then onto Murray Avenue. A ceremony will follow. A second ceremony will be at 11 am at Willoughby Memorial Gardens Cemetery on Lakeshore Boulevard.

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