In an effort to focus in the true meaning of the day, the Lakewood/Rocky River Joint Veterans Council will conduct its annual Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. on Monday at Lakewood Park Cemetery. Council members decided to do away with the parade that traditionally stepped off from Rocky River High School and proceeded to the cemetery, where the ceremony was held. They felt the observation was a more fitting way to honor the nation’s war veterans.
James Kilbane, Korean War veteran and member of American Legion Post 451, will host the ceremony, which will take place rain or shine in front of the cemetery mausoleum. The Rocky River High School band, led by Kirk Taylor, will be on hand to perform the “Star-Spangled Banner,” “America the Beautiful,” “God Bless America” and other patriotic music. Navy bugler Matt Wirfel and high school musician Lea McClure will perform “Echo Taps.”
Rocky River Mayor Pam Bobst and Lakewood Councilwoman at Large Cindy Marx will offer opening remarks. The featured speaker will be Marianne Scherry, mother of fallen Marine and Rocky River High School graduate Lcpl. Danny Scherry.
On Saturday, volunteers from local civic organizations will gather at 9 a.m. Lakewood Park Cemetery to place 3,459 United States flags on the graves of veterans. After the work is completed, American Legion Post 451 will host a lunch for the volunteers at the Legion Hall at 19911 Lake Road.