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Area prepares to celebrate Memorial Day

5/22/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Stephanie Kist

Also at Glendale last year, Taps was played, shown above, and a salute given by American Legion Post No. 473, VFW Post No. 7951 and American Legion Post No. 566. This year’s Memorial Day ceremony will take place May 25 at 1 p.m.
Senior Vice Commander Jerry Steffek, of Army Navy Garrison Post No. 102, gives a reading of John McCrae’s poem “In Flander Fields” at last year’s Memorial Day ceremony at Glendale Cemetery in West Akron.
Photos: Dale Dong
SUMMIT/MEDINA COUNTIES — Local communities will present parades, services and other special events to honor those services members who gave their lives in the defense of our country May 26.

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



Downtown Akron

Akron PeaceMakers will host a “Take a Veteran to Breakfast” event May 26 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the concession stand/commons area of Lock 3. Breakfast is $5 per person, with proceeds going to the City of Akron Veterans Fund and the Akron PeaceMakers.

For registration and ticket ordering information, call Willa Keith at 330-375-2712.

Following the breakfast, the fourth annual Peace Walk will take place along the canal. Registration is on site and is $5 per person. These proceeds also will go to the veterans fund and the PeaceMakers.

West Akron

A military salute and Memorial Day ceremony with the Copley Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7971 and the Kenmore American Legion Rifle Squad will take place May 25 at 1 p.m. at the Civil War Memorial Chapel at Glendale Cemetery, 150 Glendale Ave. For more information, call 330-253-2317.

Also, Mount Peace Cemetery will host a Memorial Day service May 26 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 township’s Memorial Day observance will take place May 26 at noon at Bath Veterans Memorial Park, which is 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 Maj. Michael Paxton, of the Ohio Army National Guard. The student speaker this year will be Audrey Pierson, of Bath Elementary School. The Revere High School band also will perform, and Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts will participate. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be at Bath Elementary School, 1246 N. Cleveland-Massillon Road. For more information, call 330-666-4007.

The Bath Township Museum will be open May 26 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with its newest exhibit, Early Families of Bath Twp. 1800-1850. For details, call 330-666-4791.


The 82nd consecutive Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies presented by the American Legion Frank Bender Post No. 473, with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7971, will take place May 26. The parade, stepping off at 10 a.m. from Copley-Fairlawn Middle School, 1531 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, will feature, in addition to the posts, the Garfield High School Navy Junior ROTC Honor Guard and Rifle Drill Team; the Copley High School marching band; Copley Police and Fire departments; local Scouting organizations; the Celtic Eagles Pipe Band; Kiwanis and Lions clubs; and David Peacock, therapeutic director of Valor Home, with his wife, Lisa.

Ceremonies will follow at 10:20 a.m. in the Veterans Memorial Section of Copley Cemetery, 3700 Copley Road, with guest speaker Peacock. Also, there will be 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, musical selections by Copley High School students 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.

Local roads will be closed for the parade and the return after the ceremonies.

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

Cuyahoga Falls

The Cuyahoga Falls Memorial Day Parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the corner of Portage Trail and Lillis Street and head east on Portage Trail to Fourth Street, turn left on Fourth Street and proceed to Oakwood Cemetery on Oakwood Boulevard. This year marks the 82nd year for the 1.8-mile parade.

The grand marshal will be Charles Stanfield, a veteran of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division and the Ohio Army National Guard, with which he was deployed to Iraq in 2005.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. with guest speaker Eric Mansfield, who retired as a major from the Ohio Army National Guard. He also served a tour of duty in Iraq and responded to Hurricane Katrina, Central America and the 1993 Lucasville Prison riots.

According to organizers, this year’s parade will honor the memory of all who were lost in the war on terrorism, dating back to the 1983 bombing on the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon.

The parade is planned by the Cuyahoga Falls Memorial Day Parade Committee, the American Legion Charles Faust Post No. 281 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ralph Huff Post No. 1062.

Prior to the parade, there will be a Boy Scouts food drive collecting items to be donated to the United Service Organization for troops who are still deployed. The food drive will begin at 8:30 a.m. According to organizers, collected will be nonperishable items like jerky, packaged tuna/beef, food meals that can be made by adding water, packaged fruit and pudding cups, oatmeal pouches, candy, gum, crackers, potato chips, pretzels and snack items packaged in hard packages. In addition, items that can be donated include travel-size shaving cream, razors, deodorant, eye wash, toothbrushes, toothpaste and various personal hygiene items.

For more information about the parade, contact Dave Sebastian at 330-923-3201 or email dsebastian@ameritech.net.

Also, Northlawn Memorial Gardens, 4724 State Road, will feature more than 400 flags flying over its avenues May 25-26. 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 26 at 1 p.m. For details, call 330-923-7084.


May 23-25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, members of the Fairlawn Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 349 will distribute “Buddy Poppies” at Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart in Montrose and Acme No. 1 and West Point Market in West Akron. Donations will be accepted, and funds raised will support national, state and local veterans causes.

In addition, a memorial service will take place May 26 at 9 a.m. with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 349 in Bicentennial Park on South Smith Road. The keynote speaker will be Fairlawn Mayor William Roth, and memorial remarks will be given by state Sen. Frank LaRose (R-District 27).


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 and 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 26. 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 follow the Cedar Grove Cemetery service. The parade will begin 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, Bits and Pieces: Unpuzzling Our Past. It will be open until noon.


On May 26 at 8 a.m., there will be a Memorial Day service at Fairview Cemetery, 3990 Brecksville Road. A parade then will assemble at 9:30 a.m. at the Richfield Historical Society, 3907 Broadview Road, and step off at 9:45 a.m., proceeding to West Richfield Cemetery on Broadview Road, where a service will take place with speaker Mike Stith from the Veterans Service Commission. A third Memorial Day observance will take place at noon at Bath Veterans Memorial Park.

Local police, fire, Scout and Masons organizations will take part, as well as the AMVETS Honor/Color Guard. The services and parades are presented by the AMVETS Post No. 176.

In addition, the Bath-Richfield Kiwanis will hold its Pancake Weekend May 26-27 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Masonic Hall, 4586 W. Streetsboro Road in Richfield. The traditional Pancake Breakfast held on Memorial Day for those participating in memorial services will be expanded this year to include Sunday and Monday. The breakfast will feature pancakes and sausage, and there also will be a flower sale and auction baskets. Tickets are $8 at the door and $7 presale from Kiwanis members, but children 9 and younger can eat free, as well as military members, veterans, band members and Scouts in uniform. Tickets can be used on either day.




A Memorial Day Parade will step off May 26 at 9 a.m. from the Highland Middle School parking lot, 3880 Ridge Road, leading to Granger Fairview Cemetery, 1627 Wilbur Road, for a service. Guy Connors, a Granger resident and Highland High School graduate, will speak about John Donald Connors, who fought in World War II.

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 will have its Memorial Day Parade and Service May 26 beginning at 9 a.m. in the area of Sharon Circle. The Highland High School Marching Band will participate, in addition to a color guard, the Sharon Fire Department and floats from community organizations and individuals. A service will follow the parade. The speaker will be Medina County Commissioner Adam Friedrick, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Coffee and doughnuts will be served. For more information, 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 p.m.) All tours are self-guided only. Admission is $14 for adults and $6 for youths. Members of Stan Hywet and children ages 5 and younger will be 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. Admission is free.
  • In Cleveland, the 23rd Annual Marc’s Great American Rib Cook-Off and Music Festival will feature four days of entertainment and food May 23-26 at Jacobs Pavilion and the Nautica Entertainment Complex. Admission prices vary. On May 23, admission for adults is $1. Admission between noon and 3 p.m. May 24-25 is free. Regular admission for adults is $8 at the gate or $6 with a coupon available at Marc’s stores or www.fox8.com/rib. Children 12 and younger will be admitted for free, every day. Headliners set to appear are Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (May 24 at 9:15 p.m.), Taking Back Sunday (May 25 at 9:15 p.m.) and Blackberry Smoke (May 26 at 6:15 p.m.). For details, visit the above website or call 216-622-6557.
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