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Communities plan Memorial Day events

5/27/2010 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Richfield Amvets Post No. 176 participated in the 2009 Richfield Memorial Day activities. Members are shown above entering the Richfield Cemetery for the ceremony.
Photo: Ken Crisafi
SUMMIT/MEDINA COUNTIES — Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for those who have died in the nation’s service, will be marked with activities in communities throughout the area. The federal holiday is on May 31 this year. The following is a list of events taking place in the West Side Leader coverage area.

SUMMIT COUNTY

West Akron

The Summit County Veterans Council (all veterans of foreign wars and members of American Legion and Army/Navy garrisons) will have a Memorial Day ceremony May 30 at 1 p.m. at the Glendale Cemetery Chapel, 150 Glendale Ave., with the Copley Veterans of Foreign Wars and Kenmore American Legion Honor Guard Unit Deployments. For details, call 330-668-2205.

Also, Mount Peace Cemetery will hold a Memorial Day Tribute May 31 at 11:30 a.m. Cemetery officials said a Veteran’s Honor Guard from the American Legion will participate. There will also be patriotic music and a tribute to those who have died in the last year. The cemetery is located at 183 Aqueduct St. For more information, call 330-253-4551.

Bath

The annual Memorial Day observance will take place at noon May 31 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. Eric Mansfield, WKYC news anchor and a retired major in the Ohio Army National Guard, and Hannah Case, of Bath Elementary School, will be the featured speakers.

Carl Mesaros, of VFW Copley Post No. 7971, plays taps at Copley Township’s Memorial Day service last year at Copley Veterans Cemetery.
Photo: Lew Stamp
Copley

Memorial Day activities in Copley include the 77th consecutive Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies. The American Legion Copley Post No. 473 and Copley VFW Post No. 7971 will lead the parade May 31 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. with the Rev. Becki Verbridge, of Copley United Methodist Church, giving the invocation. Participants in the parade will include the Garfield High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Honor Guard and Rifle Drill Team, Copley High School band, Copley Police and Fire departments, local Scouting organizations and the Celtic Eagle Pipe Band. The featured speaker at the ceremony will be Copley High School graduate Frank LaRose Jr., an Army veteran. A flyover by a Chinook helicopter, courtesy of Company B, Unit 3-238 GASB Ohio Army National Guard, also is planned, weather permitting. In case of rain, events will take place in the CFMS gymnasium.

Organizers also are seeking classic or antique cars that parade participants can ride in. For details, call 330-753-1913.

Cuyahoga Falls

The 78th annual Cuyahoga Falls Memorial Day parade, hosted by the American Legion Charles Faust Post No. 281, will take place May 31 at 9 a.m. The 1.8-mile parade route will feature more than 100 units this year, according to parade organizers. The American Legion and VFW also invite any veteran who would like to march in the parade to join them. Veterans who wish to march are asked to wear a white shirt and black pants. The parade will begin at the intersection of State Road and Portage Trail, travel east to Fourth Street, turn north on Fourth Street to Oakwood Drive and end at the entrance to Oakwood Cemetery, where a service will take place at 11 a.m. Participants are asked to bring their own lawn chairs.

Parade officials said events this year will honor men and women who served in Vietnam. The guest speaker will be Charlie Morris, who served in the Navy as a helicopter gunner and was wounded in battle. Miller is the author of “Just a Regular Guy.”

Parade officials also said a flyover by the 910 Airlift Wing out of Youngstown is expected to take place sometime during the parade. Prior to the parade, local Boy Scouts will walk along the route and collect nonperishable food items like gum, candy, tuna and bagged jerky, as well as toiletries, to be boxed by the United Service Organization and sent to troops overseas. They also will take cash donations. The Scouts also will take any worn American flags to be disposed of properly at a later date. For details, call Dave Sebastian at 330-923-3201.

Also, Northlawn Memorial Gardens, 4724 State Road, will feature more than 400 flags flying over its avenues May 30-31. 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 — which will do a 21-gun salute with assistance from veterans from Ajax, Canada — will take place at the cemetery May 31 at 1 p.m. For more information, call 330-923-7084.

Fairlawn

On May 29 at 8:15 a.m. at the Rose Hill Cemetery Mausoleum, representatives of the American Legion Post No. 19, the Chesty Puller Young Marines and Copley Boy Scouts Troop No. 382 (funded by the Fairlawn-Bath Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 349) will meet for a Memorial Day ceremony, then work to place flags on the graves of 1,000 military veterans buried there. Call 330-762-7328 for information.

On May 31 at 11 a.m., the Fairlawn-Bath Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 349 will host a Memorial Day ceremony with city police and fire officers at Bicentennial Park on South Smith Road. Mayor Bill Roth and Army Sgt. Frank LaRose Jr. will speak. Call 330-668-2205 for details.

Norton

On May 31 at 11 a.m., the Loyal Oak Veterans of Foreign Wars (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. Bill Schweitzer, quartermaster of the VFW, will be the master of ceremonies.

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. Also, there will be two parades in Peninsula May 31. 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 (formerly Boston Community 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 and youth organizations, antique cars and the Valley Fire District.

The Cuyahoga Valley Historical Museum, 1775 Main St., will open to the public at 9 a.m. with its ongoing exhibit, Peninsula: Then and Now.

Also on Memorial Day at 10 a.m., the Peninsula Library will host its annual memorial service commemorating the service of former staff, board members and Friends of the Peninsula Library.

Richfield

Richfield Village Memorial Day events will take place May 31 starting with a service 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 at 9:45 a.m. to Richfield Cemetery on Broadview Road.

Also, the Bath-Richfield Kiwanis will offer a pancake and sausage breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Masonic Temple on Grant Street. Advance tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets at the door cost $1 more.

MEDINA COUNTY

Granger

Activities will begin May 31 with a Memorial Day Parade at 9 a.m. at Highland Middle School, leading to Granger Fairview Cemetery on Wilbur Road for a short service. Highland High School senior Tony Morgano, organizer of the “Shoeboxes for Soldiers” campaign, will be the featured speaker. An open house will take place at the fire station, 3737 Ridge Road, and the Granger Library and Historical Society, 1261 Granger Road, following the program. Call 330-239-3611 for details.

Sharon

Sharon Township’s Memorial Day Parade will begin May 31 at 9 a.m. beginning at Ruhlin Industrial Park, 6931 Ridge Road, and traveling north on state Route 94 to Sharon Circle. A ceremony will take place at the circle at the conclusion of the parade. The guest speaker will be Bruce Hulme. An open house will follow at the Sharon Township Administrative Building with free doughnuts and coffee. For details, call 330-239-4406.

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