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Area prepares to mark Memorial Day

5/22/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Stephanie Kist & Maria Lindsay

Also participating in New Franklin’s Memorial Day celebration last year were members of the Manchester High School Drill Team, shown above, and Marching Band.
The American Legion Coventry Post No. 556 Honor Guard fired a salute at New Franklin’s Memorial Day ceremony last year. This year’s event will be May 26, with the parade stepping off at 10 a.m. from Grace Bible Church and ending at the Manchester Cemetery.
Photos: Lew Stamp
SUMMIT COUNTY — Local communities will present parades, services and other special events in honor of Memorial Day, May 26, to remember those service members who gave their lives in the defense of this country.

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


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.

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.


The City of Green will offer a pancake breakfast, parade, Memorial Day ceremony, community picnic and car show May 26.

The breakfast, sponsored by Green Fire Local 2964, will be available from 7 to 10 a.m. at Fire Station No. 1, located at 4200 Massillon Road. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee. Donations will be accepted to benefit three local charities — Blessings in a Backpack, Kick for the Cure and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The parade will step off at 10 a.m. from Green High School, 1474 Boettler Road. The parade will travel east on Boettler Road to Massillon Road, turn south and travel to Steese Road and then turn right to go to Green Middle School before heading back to the Green High School parking lot. Anyone interested in participating should call 330-896-6621 by today, May 23.

The Memorial Day Ceremony will begin at 11:15 a.m. at Green Veterans Memorial Park, 1900 Steese Road. The short ceremony will include speakers Mayor Dick Norton and retired reporter Jim Carney, who covered veterans and veterans’ affairs. In addition, Norton will honor long-time Green residents Korean War veteran Al Courtney and World Ward II veteran Sam Buzek.

The Community Picnic and Car Show will follow the ceremony at about noon at the John Torok Community/Senior Center, 4224 Massillon Road. Free hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available at the picnic. Those interested in participating in the car show should enter the park from the back entrance of Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, located just west of the Veterans Memorial, before 10:30 a.m. or after noon.

Those needing parking closer to the events will be able to park at Fire Station No. 1. Other parking also will be available at the Community Center, the church and the Anthony Funeral Home.


The village’s annual Memorial Day Parade will have some changes this year due to construction work at Springfield High School. The parade, which will take place May 26 at 1 p.m., will step off from the Tri-County Plaza instead of the high school, head north on Canton Road to Springfield Lake Drive and follow the curve to Main Street, then turn left onto Park Drive to end at the Memorial Triangle. The parade will disburse at the former Edwin Shaw complex on Sanitarium Road.

The cadence of the parade will change to remember those who have fallen as it approaches the Triangle, where a memorial and rededication service is planned with a number of speakers. Floats and participants are welcome to participate in the parade for free, but village officials request participants provide their own entries.

Also that day, the Village Fire Department will serve up its annual pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon. The breakfast is free, but donations will be accepted to help pay off equipment.

In addition, the Summer Fun Group from Lakemore United Methodist Church will offer concessions such as hot dogs, pop, chips and more in the fire bays after noon to raise funds for their programs.

New Franklin

New Franklin’s annual Memorial Day parade will take place May 26 with U.S. Army veteran Ray Arnold as the grand marshal. The lineup will begin at 9 a.m. at Grace Bible Church, located at 5781 Manchester Road, and the parade will start at 10 a.m. The entourage will head south on Manchester Road and turn right onto West Nimisila Road to finish at the Manchester Cemetery.

Floats, decorated bicycles and vehicles are welcome to participate in the parade, and trophies will be presented for the best decorated ones. Veterans also are invited to be part of the parade. To participate, call Tami Stefan at 330-882-4324.

The church will provide a free pancake breakfast to all who participate in the parade, according to city officials.

A Remembrance Service to honor those who sacrificed their lives for this country and to recognize all veterans will take place at the cemetery at the conclusion of the parade. Afterward, trophies will be awarded to the best parade floats.


Township officials will present the annual Memorial Day Service May 25 at 2 p.m. at the Springfield Veterans Memorial, located at the corner of Kubler Trail and East Waterloo Road. Summit County Councilwoman Paula Prentice (D-District 8) will be the guest speaker.

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