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Parades, services planned for Memorial Day

5/23/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

SUMMIT COUNTY — 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 South Side News Leader coverage area:


The Summit County Veterans Council — including all Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) members and members of American Legion and Army/Navy garrisons — will host 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.


An Honor Guard began the city of Green’s Memorial Day ceremony held at Veterans Memorial Park last year. This year’s Memorial Day service will begin at the site at 10:45 a.m.
Photo: Joyce Rainey Long
Once again, city officials will mark this holiday with a parade and ceremony May 27. The day will begin at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at Fire Station No. 1, located at Massillon and Steese roads. Donations for a local charity will be accepted.

Boy Scout Troop No. 3335, of Greensburg United Methodist Church, annually places flags on the graves of fallen veterans just before Memorial Day. Shown above is one of the Scouts, Tyler Miller, placing a flag at the gravesite of his great-grandfather at Western Reserve National Cemetery in May 2012.
Photo courtesy of Carrie Miller
The parade will step off at 9 a.m., which is one hour earlier than in previous years, from Green High School and proceed east on Boettler Road to Massillon Road, then south to Steese Road and west to Bulldog Boulevard and back to the high school. In honor of the 60th anniversary of the end of combat of the Korean War, city officials are inviting all Korean War veterans to join in leading the parade, with transportation to be provided. For details, call 330-896-6621 or email melkins@cityofgreen.org.

New this year, because of the two new hospital emergency rooms on Massillon Road, the parade will travel down the southbound lane only of Massillon Road, so spectators are being asked to sit and watch from the west side of the road only.

A short Memorial Day ceremony will take place after the parade at 10:45 a.m. at the Green Veterans Memorial Park on Steese Road. Chuck Collins, operations director and midday host for 1590 WAKR, will be the guest speaker, and Green resident and Korean War veteran Leonard Falcone will be honored. A community picnic lunch, with free hot dogs, chips and a drink, will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the John Torok Community/Senior Center.


The Lakemore Fire Association will present a free pancake breakfast May 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Main Street fire station. Donations will be accepted for the Lakemore Firefighter Association. Tours of the fire trucks and a 50/50 raffle also will be offered.

A parade will follow the breakfast, with the line-up beginning at noon at Springfield High School, located at 2966 Sanitarium Road, and kicking off at 1 p.m. The route is westward on Sanitarium Road, north on Lake Road, east on Main Street and will end at the Municipal Building, 1400 Main St. A memorial ceremony will follow at the triangle.


Springfield’s Memorial Day celebration will take place this year May 26 at 2 p.m. at the township’s Veterans Memorial Park, shown above during last year’s ceremony.
Photo: Dale Dong
The Springfield Township Veterans Memorial Committee will host a Memorial Day ceremony May 26 at 2 p.m. at the Springfield Veterans Memorial Park, located at Canfield Road and Kubler Trail. The guest speaker will be state Rep. Anthony DeVitis (R-District 36), and Al Schrader will read off the names of fallen veterans.

New Franklin

City officials will mark the day with the annual parade May 27. The lineup will begin at 9 a.m. at Grace Bible Church, 5781 Manchester Road, and step off at 10 a.m. down Manchester Road to the Manchester Cemetery on West Nimisila Road, where a remembrance ceremony is planned. Children are invited to ride decorated bicycles in the parade, and the best-decorated one will receive an award, along with best float and vehicle in the parade.

The master of ceremonies will be New Franklin City Councilman David Stock (Ward 3). The grand marshal will be retired U.S. Army Pvt. 1st Class Robert Miller, a World War II veteran who served in the First Calvary Division. He is the father of Rusty Miller, of the U.S. Marine Corp, who was killed in Vietnam in 1968. A bench was placed last year at the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Clinton in his honor.

Grace Church will offer a free pancake breakfast to all parade participants.


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. General admission for adults is $8 at the gate or $5 with a coupon available at Marc’s stores or the www.fox8.com/rib. Entertainment is included with the price of admission. Acts set to appear this year 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 more information, go to the website or call 216-622-6557.


Kathleen Folkerth contributed to this story.

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