Bay Village has its annual parade and ceremonies followed by the Village Foundation annual ceremony.
Parade officials set assembly for 8 a.m. in the Huntington Park parking lot on Lake Road. At 8:45 a.m., the group will march to Lakeside Cemetery for a short memorial service. The march to Cahoon Park will start at 9 a.m., with ceremonies to start at 9:45 a.m.
Afterward, the Village Foundation will hold its annual Memorial Day celebration immediately following the Bay Village community Memorial Day activities, at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Monday at Cahoon Park on Lake Road in Bay Village.The event is chaired by Gary Heldt, trustee.
The Village Foundation will be honoring Major Lisa J. Huhndorff, U.S. Air Force, daughter of Karen and Harry, and John Yuhas for his lifetime commitment to the community of Bay Village. The T. Richard Martin and the Village Foundation scholarships will be announced. The Village Foundation will also honor the seven local organizations that are receiving grants from the foundation in 2013. Al Paulus, vice president and chair of the grants committee, announced that this year’s winners are the Huntington Playhouse, the Bay Village Historical Society, the Village Food Project, Game On, Bay Interfaith Housing, the Fashion Forward Project and the Bay Village Bicycle Cooperative.
Foundation President Eileen Vernon said, “These organizations do a wonderful job in making Bay Village a better place to live, and we are excited about the opportunity to help them in their efforts. We look forward to a wonderful day, We welcome friends and family of all those honored to attend this program.”
The program, expected to last about an hour, will be hosted by Jon Loufman, of Channel 19. The Bay High String Quartet, Carrie Singular, director, will play before and during the program. Tenor Troy Ayers will sing “Nessun dorma” and “Time to Say Goodbye.” The names of all those living and dead that have been honored with permanent bronze plaques will be read, followed by a moment of silence and taps to honor those who have passed away.
We Do Care, the volunteer committee that provides support to the service men and women of Fairview Park, will again sponsor the community’s annual Memorial Day observance. The ceremony takes place at 8 a.m. Monday in the lobby of Fairview Park City Hall, 20777 Lorain Road. The guest speaker at the City Hall observance will be Lt. Col. Pete McAleer, inspector instructor of the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines, headquartered in Brook Park. McAleer was commissioned as a Marine officer in 1994, following his graduation from the University of Notre Dame. The Rev. Dan Sewell, pastor of New Hope Church, will preside at the event.
The ceremony will be followed by Fairview Park’s Memorial Day Parade, led by American Legion Post 738. The parade begins at 9 a.m. in front of Fairview Park City Hall and concludes at Fairview Park Cemetery, where Post 738 leaders will lead another observance. Later, the post, located at 19311 Lorain Road, will host a public open house with free hot dogs and hamburgers.
Memorial Day events schedule:
6:45 a.m. muster at VFW post for lowering VFW flag to half-mast at 7 a.m.; 7:45 a.m., mustering of the color guard, ladies auxiliary and members at Old Town Hall for flag ceremony; 8 a.m., City Hall ceremony with remarks by Cmdr. Jeff Richie; 8:15 a.m., board bus for Coe Cemetery; 8:30 a.m., Coe ceremony; 8:50 a.m., board bus for Butternut ceremony; 9 a.m., Butternut ceremony; 9:15 a.m., board bus for City Hall; 9:40 a.m., commander’s breakfast at Ari’s Family Restaurant; 10:20 a.m., muster all units and color guard at the police department parking lot for parade to North Olmsted Park; 10:30 a.m., parade begins; 10:55 a.m., arrive at North Olmsted Park; 11:05 a.m., ceremony at North Olmsted Park.
In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Community Cabin in North Olmsted Park.
Runners (and walkers) can lace up their sneakers for the Magnificat annual Blue Streaks Through River 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, starting at 8:30 p.m. (For more information and to register, go to www.hermescleveland.com.) The first 200 registrants will receive race T-shirts.
On the same day, the Fair Trade Family student organization will host the first-ever Magnificat Farmers Market, from 8 a.m. until noon. (Shoppers are asked to use the Hilliard Boulevard entrance.)
On May 25 the Lakewood & Rocky River Joint Veterans Council, a nonprofit organization consisting of veterans representing all major services organizations, will be placing flags on the graves of 3,480 veterans in Lakewood Park Cemetery, with the help Lakewood’s Club H20. They will begin at 9 a.m., and any help will be welcome.
On May 27, the annual Memorial Day parade will begin forming at 9:30 a.m. in the west parking lot of Rocky River High School, and will feature the Pirates marching band as well as Scout troops and other local organizations. Those who wish to participate are encouraged to call chairman and organizer Richard Healy before May 25 at 216-337-0862 for section assignment.
Stepping off at 10:30 a.m. from the high school’s Wagar Road parking lot, the parade will travel north to Detroit Road, then head west to Lakewood Park Cemetery for a program to honor those who have fallen.
Master of ceremonies for this year’s presentation will be local resident Michael Brady, a retired Marine who served for 20 years. He is an active member of Disabled American Veterans Chapter #108 and the Lakewood & Rocky River Joint Veterans Council, and is a National Service Officer for the Disabled American Veterans National Service Office in Cleveland.
Robert E. Schloendorn, a 30-year Army veteran who served in Vietnam, will be the guest speaker. He served as a battery commander, executive officer and forward observer. He has spent the last 40 years as a serviceman, reservist and as an employee of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
At the V.A., Schloendorn has been a benefits counselor, budget officer and management analyst, and has served as assistant director and director of several V.A. offices around the country.
Currently the executive director of the Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission, Schloendorn has a B.S. from Temple University and an MBA from LaSalle University, also in Philadelphia.
“We look forward to this year’s Memorial Day event and program and encourage all to take time from their busy and long weekend to come out and take part in this remembrance of fallen men and women who are our heroes from the past,” Healy stated.
Westlake’s annual Memorial Day parade kicks off at 10 a.m. Monday from Westlake Christian Church, 25800 Hilliard Blvd., and proceeds east to Clague Park, where a public observance takes place.
The special guest at the ceremony will be Marianne Scherry, the mother of Daniel R. Scherry, a Rocky River native who died while serving with the Marines in Iraq seven years ago. Commentary will be provided by Joseph Anthony, a retired Air Force major and board member of the Westlake Kiwanis.
The parade and observance are both sponsored by the Westlake Kiwanis Club.