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Communities plan Memorial Day events - WSL

5/22/2008 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Memorial Day events in Bath Township will take place at the community’s Veterans Memorial, located on the corner of West Bath and North Cleveland-Massillon roads.
Photo: Ken Crisafi
GREATER AKRON — Memorial Day will be marked May 26 with parades, speeches and observances taking place throughout the weekend.

In the West Side Leader coverage area, the following events are scheduled:

SUMMIT COUNTY

Akron

The Akron-Summit County War Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) County Council (all VFW, Legion and Army/Navy posts) will have a Memorial Day Military Observance Ceremony May 25 at 1:15 p.m. at the Civil War Memorial at Glendale Cemetery, 150 Glendale Ave. The program will include a Military Salute by the combined Copley VFW/American Legion Rifle Honor Guard and a short talk by Summit County Veterans Service Commission President Mike Stith. A guided tour through the 150-year-old Civil War Chapel will follow. Glendale Cemetery, Akron’s oldest, was dedicated just after the Civil War. For more information, call (330) 668-2205.

Bath

The annual Memorial Day observance will take place at noon May 26 at the Bath Veterans Memorial, located on the corner of West Bath and North Cleveland-Massillon roads. Residents are encouraged to bring flags, chairs and umbrellas.

The township also will sponsor a tour of Stony Hill Cemetery at 2 p.m. The cemetery, previously known as the Miller Cemetery, has more than 50 markers, many of which belong to the Hopkins and Miller families, who arrived in the area in 1813 and 1827, respectively. The tour will feature five characters: Sarah and Elisha Miller, Susanna and Isaac Hopkins and Polly Lee. To get to the cemetery, from state Route 18 head north on Harmony Hills Drive and then east on Melody Drive. Parking is in the cul de sac.

Also, the Bath Township Museum, located at 1241 N. Cleveland-Massillon Road, will be open May 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Its current exhibit is Along Bath’s Highways and Byways.

Copley

The American Legion Copley Post No. 473 and Copley VFW Post No. 7971 will lead a parade starting at Copley-Fairlawn Middle School, on South Cleveland-Massillon Road, at 9:45 a.m. May 26. The parade will end at the Copley Veterans Cemetery, on state Route 162, where there will be a brief ceremony. The Rev. Thomas Shumate will be the speaker, and the invocation will be by the Rev. Becki Verbridge. Participants in the parade will include the Copley High School band and the Copley Police and Fire departments. Copley Kiwanis, Lions Club and Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts also are expected to participate. In case of rain, all events will take place at the middle school.

Cuyahoga Falls

The city of Cuyahoga Falls Memorial Day parade, hosted by VFW Ralph Huff Post No. 1062, will take place May 26 at 9 a.m. The 1.8-mile parade route will feature more than 100 units this year, according to organizers. The route begins at the State Road Shopping Center, at the intersection of Portage Trail and Lillis Drive, and heads east to Fourth Street, then to Oakwood Drive to Oakwood Cemetery, where a service will take place at 11 a.m. Prior to the parade, Boy Scouts will walk along the route and collect nonperishable food items to be boxed by the United Service Organization and sent to troops overseas. Items also are being collected at the Natatorium. For more information on the parade, call Dave Sebastian, parade chairman, at (330) 923-3201.

Also, Northlawn Memorial Gardens, 4724 State Road, will feature 408 flags flying over its avenues May 25-26. The flags are those 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 each morning and also to lower them at sunset. The VFW Bob Appleton Post No. 3294 will place flags on each of the 2,200 veterans’ graves at the cemetery prior to the Memorial Day weekend. A formal service will take place at the cemetery May 26 at 1 p.m., conducted by the VFW Ralph Huff Post No. 1062. Its firing squad will be joined by a group from Ajax, Canada. For more information, call (330) 923-7084.

Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Robart’s office coordinated the recently installed Ribbons of Honor Display at Oakwood Cemetery on Oakwood Drive. Gold ribbons representing the more than 4,000 service people who have died during the Iraq War are on display along the cemetery’s wrought iron fence. Volunteer Terry Anaszewsicz coordinated the project and AC Welding helped underwrite it, according to the mayor’s office.

Fairlawn

Fairlawn Mayor Bill Roth will open the Fairlawn VFW Post No. 349 Fairlawn Memorial Day Ceremony May 26 at 11 a.m. at Bicentennial Park, 3486 S. Smith Road. The event will include an invocation by the Rev. Walter Chisholm, commander of the Fairlawn VFW Post No. 349, and the raising of the flag by Tom Adams. Fairlawn Lutheran Boy Scout Troop No. 390 also will assist in the service. A memorial remembrance will be given by Harry Schwab, and a benediction will be given by VFW Post member James Lewis. For more information, call (330) 668-2205.

Norton

On May 26 at 11 a.m., the Loyal Oak VFW Post No. 4466 will host a Memorial Service at the gazebo in Williams Memorial Park to honor fallen U.S. soldiers. The park is located at the northeast corner of South Cleveland-Massillon Road and Norton Avenue.

Peninsula

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.

There will be two parades in Peninsula May 26. The first will begin at the Boston Township Hall on state Route 303 and Riverview Road at 11 a.m. The procession will head to Cedar Grove Cemetery on state Route 303. A service will take place there. The second parade will begin at noon at Cornerstone Family Church (formerly Boston Community Church), located at Hines Hill Road at Boston Mills Road, and will proceed to Boston Cemetery for another service. The Woodridge High School band will participate in both parades.

Also on Memorial Day at 10 a.m., the Peninsula Library will have its annual Memorial Service commemorating the service of former staff, board members and Friends of the Peninsula Library. To be remembered this year is former board member Robert Bishop.

For more information, call (330) 657-2151.

Richfield

Richfield Village will host a service on Memorial Day at 8:15 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery, which recently had its driveway and monument area renovated. A parade will step off at 9:45 a.m. at West Richfield Cemetery.

MEDINA COUNTY

Granger

The Granger Township Board of Trustees organized the Memorial Day activities this year. This year’s event will take place May 26 at 9 a.m. at Granger Fairview Cemetery on Wilbur Road. The speaker will be Bruce Armstrong, Highland Local Schools District’s out-going superintendent. The short parade, featuring members of the Highland High School band, will form in the Highland Middle School parking lot. An open house with refreshments will take place at the fire station, 3737 Ridge Road, following the program. The Granger Library and Historical Society, 1195 Granger Road, will host an open house focusing on World War II from 10 a.m. to noon.

Sharon

Sharon Township’s Memorial Day parade will begin May 26 at 9 a.m. south of the Sharon Center circle on Ridge Road, near the railroad crossing at Ruhlin Construction. A ceremony will take place at the circle at the end of the parade. An open house will follow at the Sharon Township Administrative Building. For information on the parade, call Ken Raw at (330) 239-1291.

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