MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCES
Bay Village’s Memorial Day parade and speaker are set for Monday.
This year’s speaker will be Mel Maurer, a past president of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable and a member of the Lincoln Forum. He is a Civil War historian.
With this being the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, Mel will be speaking about Memorial Day from the Civil War to the present.
The parade begins at 8:45 a.m. from Huntington Beach on Lake Road and heads west on Lake Road to Lakeside Cemetery, then east on Lake Road to the Cahoon Park Gazebo.
Ceremonies will take place at 9:45 a.m. at Cahoon Park. The parade committee invites all veterans and Blue and Gold Star Mothers to participate and march in the parade.
We Do Care, the volunteer committee that provides support to the service men and women of Fairview Park, will honor U.S. special forces this year at its 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 service will be followed by Fairview Park’s Memorial Day Parade, hosted by American Legion Post 738. The parade begins at 9 a.m. in front of Fairview Park City Hall.
The guest speaker at the City Hall observance will be Christopher Heben, a former U. S. Navy SEAL. From March 1998 through August 2006, Heben served with the SEALs as a Special Warfare Operator with SEAL Teams 8 and 10 and with Naval Special Warfare Group II. He left the Navy with the rank of first class petty officer. Heben is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom. He helped to improved Afghan-U.S. relations with training in antiterrorism, counternarcotics, drug interdiction and foreign internal defense.
6:45 a.m.: Muster at VFW Post 7647 for VFW flag lowering to half mast
7 a.m.: Lower flag to half mast.
7: 45 a.m.: Mustering of Color Guard, VFW Post 7647 Ladies Auxiliary and Members at Old Town Hall for flag ceremony.
8 a.m.: Ceremony at City Hall with Opening remarks by VFW Post 7647 Commander Jeff Richie and remarks from Mayor Kevin Kennedy.
8:30 a.m.: Coe Cemetery ceremony.
9 a.m.: Butternut Cemetery ceremony.
9:40 a.m. Commanders Breakfast at Ari’s Family Restaurant.
10:30 a.m.: Parade to North Olmsted Park.
10:55 a.m.: Ceremony at North Olmsted Park. Bob Schloendorn, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Veterans Services Commission, will be the speaker.
The annual Rocky River Memorial Day parade will step off at 10:30 a.m. from Rocky River High School on Monday, May 30. Participants are asked to gather at the school, 20951 Detroit Road, at 9 a.m., and be ready to march by 10 a.m.
The parade will feature the Pirate marching band, local Boy and Girl Scout troops, plus veterans’ organizations, including the Joint Veterans Council of Lakewood and Rocky River and VFW Post 10646 of Lakewood and Rocky River. Proceeding down Detroit Road, the parade will conclude at Lakewood Park Cemetery for a ceremony, which will include remarks by Rocky River Mayor Pam Bobst and Lakewood City Councilwoman Mary Louise Madigan. The ceremony should take place at about 11:15 a.m.
Richard Healy also said that volunteers will be placing American flags on the graves of about 3250 veterans at the cemetery on May 28. Veterans, members of the American Legion, high school H2O clubs from Lakewood and Rocky River and scout troops will be among the volunteers placing the flags beginning at 9 a.m. A thank-you breakfast will be held afterward at American Legion Post 451.
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 guest speaker will be Maj. Gen. Fred Lick Jr., U.S. Army (retired).
The parade and observance are sponsored by the Westlake Kiwanis Club.