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Parades, services planned for Memorial Day

5/23/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

SUMMIT/MEDINA COUNTIES — Citizens will pause to remember the sacrifice of those who gave their lives in service to the nation May 27 as Memorial Day is marked. Events will take place throughout the weekend in local communities.

The following is a list of events taking place in the West Side Leader coverage area:


West Akron

The Summit County Veterans Council — including all Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) members and members of American Legion and Army/Navy garrisons — will have a Memorial Day ceremony May 26 at 1 p.m. at the Akron Civil War Memorial Cemetery Chapel at Glendale Cemetery, 150 Glendale Ave. There will be a military salute with the Copley VFW and Kenmore American Legion Rifle Squads and a welcome by veteran George Fisher. Tours of the memorial will follow at 1:45 p.m.

Also, Mount Peace Cemetery will host a Memorial Day Tribute May 27 at 11:30 a.m. at the mausoleum area. Cemetery officials said a bagpiper will perform during the event, at which the names of all who died and were buried in the cemetery during the past year will be read. The cemetery is located at 183 Aqueduct St. For more information, call 330-253-4551.


The 13th annual Memorial Day observance will take place at noon May 27 at the Bath Veterans Memorial Park, located on the corner of West Bath and North Cleveland-Massillon roads. Residents may bring flags, chairs and umbrellas. This year’s speaker will be retired Army Maj. Gen. Dan Hahn, of North Canton, who did two tours of duty in Iraq. Plans also call for a reading on the history of the Pledge of Allegiance from Owen Desberg, a local fourth-grade student, and the placing of a wreath on the memorial by Boy Scouts. The Revere High School Marching Band will provide patriotic music and student Emma Weihe will sing. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be in the Bath Elementary School Auditorium, 1246 N. Cleveland-Massillon Road. For more information, call 330-666-4007.

Also, the Bath Township Museum will be open that day from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with its newest exhibit, Walk Down Memory Lane, which looks at the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s in Bath. Photos from Eastview School will be on display, and museum officials are asking the community for help in identifying students in the pictures. For more information, call 330-666-4791.


Memorial Day activities in Copley will include the 81st consecutive Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies. The American Legion Copley Post No. 473 and Copley VFW Post No. 7971 will lead the parade May 27 starting at 10 a.m. from Copley-Fairlawn Middle School (CFMS), 1531 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, and proceed west onto Copley Road. The parade will end at the Copley Veterans Cemetery, 3700 Copley Road. The ceremony is expected to begin at 10:20 a.m. Participants in the parade will include the Garfield High School Navy Junior ROTC Honor Guard and Rifle Drill Team, Copley High School band, Copley Police and Fire departments, local Scouting organizations and the Celtic Eagles Pipe Band. The featured speaker at the ceremony will be state Sen. Frank LaRose (R-District 27), a 1997 Copley High School graduate and former member of the U.S. Special Forces. Also planned is a reading of “Flanders Field” by Maj. Michael Corathers, a history and interpretation of the Pledge of Allegiance by Kathi Fundak Corathers, “My Name Is Old Glory” by USN PO1 Joseph Grieco and presentation of commemorative wreaths by local organizations. In the case of rain, the parade will be canceled, but the service will take place in the Copley Community Center, 1278 Sunset Drive.

Organizers also are seeking classic or antique cars in which parade participants can ride. For details, call Michael Corathers at 330-753-1913 or email frankbenderpost@aol.com.

Cuyahoga Falls

The 81st annual Cuyahoga Falls Memorial Day Parade, hosted by American Legion Post No. 281, will take place May 27 at 9 a.m. The 1.8-mile parade route will feature more than 100 units this year, according to parade organizers. This year’s events will commemorate the Korean War. Clyde Kunce, who served in the Korean War, will be the Grand Marshal.

Organizers said because of construction in the parade area, the city will close Portage Trail at State Road, Lillis Drive at Silver Lake Avenue and Portage Trail at Schiller Avenue starting at 7 a.m. for parade staging. The entire parade route will be closed from 8:30 a.m. until after the parade has been completed.

The parade will step off at the corner of Portage Trail and Lillis Drive and travel east on Portage Trail to Fourth Street to Oakwood Cemetery, where a service will take place in the veterans section at 11 a.m. Participants are asked to bring their own lawn chairs.

Prior to the start of the parade, Boy Scouts will collect nonperishable food and personal hygiene items for men and women, as well as monetary donations. The money and all items collected will be turned over to the USO, which will distribute collected items to troops serving overseas.

For details, contact Dave Sebastian at 330-923-3201 or dsebastian@ameritech.net.

Members of the VFW Ralph Huff Post No. 1062 and veterans of the Royal Canadian Legion from Ontario, Canada, are shown taking part in a gun salute during a previous Memorial Day ceremony at Northlawn Memorial Gardens.
Photo: Ken Love
Also, Northlawn Memorial Gardens, 4724 State Road, will feature more than 400 flags flying over its avenues May 26-27. The flags were presented by the U.S. government to families of veterans and entrusted by them to the cemetery to be flown in memory of the veterans buried there, according to cemetery officials. Boy Scout Troop No. 333 will assist in raising the flags in the morning and lowering them at sunset both days. The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter No. 717, will place more than 2,500 flags on veterans’ graves at the cemetery prior to Memorial Day weekend. A formal service conducted by the VFW Ralph Huff Post No. 1062, with assistance from veterans from Ajax, Canada, will take place at the cemetery May 27 at 1 p.m. For details, call 330-923-7084.


Fairlawn officials hosted the city’s annual Memorial Day ceremony at Bicentennial Park last year. This year’s event is scheduled for May 27 at 9 a.m.
Photo: Dale Dong
May 24-26, members of the Fairlawn VFW Post No. 349 will conduct their annual “Buddy Poppy” project at Wal-Mart in Fairlawn and Acme No.1 in West Akron. The post has distributed more than $20,000 during the past year to veterans-related causes and organizations, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars (National Home for Widows and Children, Operation Uplink, Military Assistance Program, Unmet Needs Fund and Sandy Relief Fund), Honor Flight, Boy Scout Troop No. 390, Girl Scout Troop No. 11, Summit County Veterans Stand Down, Valor Home, Wheels 4 Change, Warriors Journey Home and more, in addition to the Fairlawn Community Foundation and Super Kids Classic. Donations also may be sent to the post in care of the city of Fairlawn, 3487 S. Smith Road, Fairlawn, OH 44333.

The city’s Memorial Day Celebration will take place May 27 at 9 a.m. at Bicentennial Park on South Smith Road. The Fairlawn VFW Post No. 349 will participate, together with safety forces and Fairlawn officials.


Mother of Sorrows Church, 6034 S. Locust St., will host a memorial service following the 8:30 a.m. Mass on Memorial Day at its cemetery near Happy Days Lodge, 500 W. Streetsboro Road.

Also on Memorial Day at 10 a.m., the Peninsula Library & Historical Society, 6105 Riverview Road, will host a memorial service commemorating the service of former staff, board members and Friends of the Peninsula Library.

Also, there will be two parades in Peninsula May 27. The first will begin at the Boston Township Hall, located on state Route 303 and Riverview Road, at 11 a.m. The procession will head to Cedar Grove Cemetery, located on state Route 303, where a memorial service is planned.

The second parade will begin at noon at Cornerstone Family Church, located at Hines Hill and Boston Mills roads, and will proceed to Boston Cemetery for another service. The Woodridge High School Band will participate in both parades, along with veterans, Scouts, antique cars and the Valley Fire District.

The Cuyahoga Valley Historical Museum, 1775 Main St., will be open to the public at 9 a.m. with its exhibits, Boston Township: Then and Now and Bits and Pieces. It will be open until noon.


Richfield Village Memorial Day events, planned by the Amvets Post No. 176, include two parades and a service May 27. The first parade will begin at 8 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery, 3990 Brecksville Road. At 9:30 a.m., parade participants will assemble in the Fellowship Hall parking lot and proceed with the Revere High School Band at 9:45 a.m. to West Richfield Cemetery on Broadview Road, where a service will take place. Scouts, police, fire and Masons will participate in addition to the honor guard and color guard.

Also, the Bath-Richfield Kiwanis will offer a pancake and sausage breakfast May 26-27 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, 4586 Streetsboro Road. Tickets at the event are $8, but are free for children 9 and younger.



Activities will begin May 27 with a Memorial Day Parade at 9 a.m. at Highland Middle School, 3880 Ridge Road, leading to Granger Fairview Cemetery on Wilbur Road for a short service. Medina County Juvenile and Probate Court Judge John Lohn will be the speaker. After the service, there will be open houses at the Granger Fire Department, 3737 Ridge Road, and Granger Library and Historical Society, 1261 Granger Road. Call 330-239-3611 for details.


Sharon Township’s Memorial Day Parade will begin May 27 at 9 a.m. at Ruhlin Industrial Park, 6931 Ridge Road, and travel north on Ridge Road to Sharon Circle. The Highland High School Band will participate along with local police, fire and organizations. Residents are welcome to enter a float in the parade. A ceremony will take place in the circle at the end of the parade. The guest speaker will be Matthew Marzulo, a 1999 Highland graduate who went to West Point and served in the U.S. Army. An open house also will take place at the Sharon Administrative Building on the Circle with refreshments. For details, call 330-239-4406.

Recreational activities

  • Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, normally closed on Mondays, will be open Memorial Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last admissions at 4:30 p.m.) All tours are self-guided. Admission is $14 for adults and $6 for youths. Members of Stan Hywet and children ages 5 and younger are admitted for free.
  • The F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm Visitors Center, 1828 Smith Road in West Akron, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Memorial Day.
  • In Cleveland, the 22nd Annual Marc’s Great American Rib Cook-Off and Music Festival will feature four days of entertainment and food May 25-28 at Jacobs Pavilion and the Nautica Entertainment Complex. Admission for adults is $8 at the gate or $5 with a coupon available at Marc’s stores or www.fox8.com/rib. Acts set to appear are Rick Springfield (May 25 at 9 p.m.), Buddy Guy (May 26 at 9 p.m.) and Bret Michaels (May 27 at 6 p.m.). For details, go to the website or call 216-622-6557.
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