Memorial Day has come to signify the start of summer for many Americans and is often celebrated with cookouts, family get-togethers and concerts. But the real meaning of Memorial Day has, for too many Americans, gotten lost in the rush to celebrate the beginning of summer.
Memorial Day is a day of reflection and remembrance. It is a day to remember all of our Fallen Heroes from all of the wars. It is a day to be thankful to those who have served and made the ultimate sacrifice.
Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
Let us not forget the men and women that are still fighting for our freedom around the world and for those who continue to fight their internal battles here at home.
Note: All events take place on Monday May 27 unless otherwise specified.
Canal Fulton - The Memorial Day Parade is hosted by Canal Fulton VFW Post 9795. A short ceremony will follow the parade, including the VFW Post 9795 Color Guard and Rifle Squadron and Northwest High School band. 1 pm. The parade steps off from Lindsay Concrete 1pm, goes north on Canal St., turns onto Market St., and ends at City Hall.
Canton - Memorial Day Parade and Observance. A ceremony at the McKinley Monument will follow the parade. 10am. Parade steps off at 10am at the former Timken High School and continues down Tuscarawas St. W to Elgin Ave. NW to Seventh St. NW and finishes at McKinley Monument.
East Sparta - Memorial Day Parade. Following the parade, a service, organized by American Legion Post 244, will take place at the East Sparta Cemetery. The parade steps off at the former East Sparta grade school and proceeds to the Veteran’s Memorial on Walnut St. where a wreath will be placed, then will proceed to East Sparta Cemetery where a ceremony will take place.
Girard - Services will be held at the monument in front of the center. Sunday, May 26, 2019; 11am. Girard Multi-Generational Center, 443 Trumbull Ave., Girard, OH 44420
Green - Memorial Day Parade, Ceremony, & Car Show. The annual City of Green Memorial Day festivities begin with a pancake breakfast, hosted by the City of Green Firemedics, at Fire Station No. 1. The parade steps off from the Green High School at 10am, followed immediately by a ceremony at the Veterans Park and then the community picnic and car show follows at the John Torok Community Center. Pancake Breakfast: 7am-9am, Parade: 10am, Ceremony: 12pm, Community Picnic & Car Show: 12:30pm-3pm. Parade steps off from Green High School, continues on Boettler Rd. to Massillon Rd. (southbound lanes) to Steese Rd. to Bulldog Blvd. and ends at Green Middle School.
Magnolia - Memorial Day Parade. Following the parade, a memorial service will take place at 11am at Magnolia Cemetery, located off Harrison Ave. The speaker is Vince Logozzo, and the Sandy Valley Junior Band will perform. Hosted by Sandy Valley American Legion Post 432. Some chairs will be provided for those unable to stand for the service. The parade forms at 10:40am and steps off from Finefrock-Gordon Funeral Home, located at 266 N. Main St.
Massillon Operation: Flags of Freedom - American flags will be posted at the Perry High School Memorial on Friday, May 25 at 8 am through Tuesday, May 29 at 8 am. A variety of events will take place over the weekend, including The Hero Hunt (adult Easter Egg Hunt) on May 25, Rotary Patriots Parade at 11 am on May 26, Touch-a-Truck from 12pm-3pm on May 26, a free country concert at 8 pm on May 26 followed by a fireworks show, and more! Perry High School, 3737 13th St., Massillon, OH 44646
North Canton - Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony. A program will follow the Lion’s Club Memorial Day Parade in Bitzer Park. 8am-10am. Parade travels west on Seventh St. NE to N. Main St., then south on N. Main St. to the square at the Maple and Main intersection.
Perry Community Heroes Day, & Hero 5k Walk/Run. The day kicks-off with the Hero 5k Walk/Run at 8am Perry High School. A service by American Legion Post 44 will take place at 9am at Calvary Cemetery, located at 3469 Lincoln Way E. Boy Scout Troop 939 will assist veterans in the lowering of the flag. Then head back to Perry High School for Perry Community Heroes Day; the opening ceremony begins at 9am, followed by a free veterans breakfast at 10am. The Perry Rotary Patriots Parade steps off at 11am. Festivities include a touch-a-truck from noon to 3pm, Patriots Party from noon to 4pm in the stadium, live entertainment from noon to 7pm, a food truck festival starting at 4pm until close of event, a free concert by Ricky Lee at 8pm, and a fireworks display after the concert.
New Franklin - Memorial Day Parade & Rememberance Service. 9am-12pm. The parade travels from the Grace Bible Church parking lot at 5781 Manchester Rd., turns right at Nimisilia Rd., and ends at Manchester Cemetery.
Tallmadge - The parade steps off from the Our Lady of Victory Church parking lot (73 North Avenue) and ends at Tallmadge Cemetery. The services include welcoming remarks, a prayer, a speech, the placing of the wreath for our fallen Veterans, and the playing of Taps. 9:30am. The parade forms at Our Lady of Victory Church parking lot (73 North Ave.) at 9:30am, moving out onto North Ave. at 10am, turning south towards the Tallmadge Cir., then turning onto the Circle, then exiting at Southwest Ave. to the entrance of Tallmadge Cemetery.
Uniontown - Memorial Day Services, at 1:30pm at the Veterans Memorial at Uniontown Community Park. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held inside the center.
Warren - W.D Packard Band Outdoor Memorial Day Concert - Free and open to the public, courtesy of the W.D. Packard Trust. Doors open 60 minutes prior to the start of the show. Sunday, May 26, 2019; 3pm. Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren, OH 44483.
Auburn Township - Memorial Day Ceremony, Meet at Mapleshade (8:30am, optional) or Adam Hall (9am). The final destination is Shady Side Cemetery. Please join in for refreshments at the Auburn Museum afterwards. Sunday, May 26; 9am., Adam Hall Community Center, 11455 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH 44023
Bay Village - The annual Memorial Day Parade and formal observances to honor those that gave their life to our country and those that have served our country to support the freedoms we all enjoy every day. All Veterans are welcomed to join the American Legion, VFW, and VVA to march behind these organizations in the parade to be recognized. The parade will step off at about 8:45am from Huntington Park and march West on Lake Rd to the Lakeview Cemetery for services and recognition of the city founders that served early for our country. The parade will reform on Lake Rd and march East to Cahoon Rd. and turn South to end at the Gazebo. Community leaders and some local honorees will be recognized at the Gazebo ceremony. A 21-gun salute, taps, and patriotic music will be part of the ceremony to honor our local Heroes and current Veterans in our community.
Bedford - Annual Memorial Day Parade, 10:15am. The parade travels from the City Hall to Broadway Ave. to Bedford Cemetery.
Brecksville - Brecksville Memorial Day Parade. The parade will step off from City Hall at 9am and conclude at Highland Drive Cemetery where our ceremony will take place. 10:30am. The parade travels from City Hall to end at Highland Drive Cemetery.
Broadview Heights - A parade serves as the gathering ceremony for the memorial service which honors our fallen soldiers. Veterans, dignitaries, military families, sports teams, organizations, businesses, classic cars, and marching bands from Brecksville-Broadview Heights and North Royalton High Schools will be participating. Spectators are invited to join the end of the parade and follow it to the Broadview Center where there will be a memorial ceremony, veteran tribute, and refreshments. The parade will gather at The Crossings Shopping Center at 8:30am on W. Royalton Rd. and step off at 9am on Broadview Rd., just north of Route 82
Chagrin Falls - Blossom Time Festival is hosted by the Chagrin Valley Jaycees and fills the streets of Chagrin Falls with strolling visitors taking in its carnival rides, the midway booths, food vendors, and musical performances. The weekend's festivities include hot-air balloon glow, parade, music festival, and much more. Activities center in Riverside Park adjoining the Chagrin River, and in the Triangle around the gazebo. May 23-May 27. Kid's Day – Saturday, May 23; 9am-10:30am. Blossom Time Festival Parade – Sunday, May 26, 2019; 12:30 pm sharp!
Cleveland - Lake View Cemetery’s Memorial Day Observance - 10:30 a.m. with President & Mrs. Abraham Lincoln & the Widow Lucretia Garfield ~ portrayed by John & Marian King & Debbie Weinkamer. Parade & Ceremony with honor guard and costumed re-enactors, Ends at the James A. Garfield Memorial. Bring a blanket for a picnic. Lake View Cemetery is located at 12316 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106. For more information, please contact the cemetery or visit https://lakeviewcemetery.com/.
Cleveland Firefighters Memorial Ride - Registration is available at be available at Rock-N-Roll City HD in Cleveland. Sunday, May 26; 7:30am. The ride will end at Lake Erie Harley-Davidson, 38401 Chester Rd., Avon, OH 44011.
Clinton - Pathway to Freedom Ceremony, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., Ohio Veterans' Memorial Park, 8005 South Cleveland Massillon Rd, Clinton, Ohio 44216. https://www.facebook.com/events/594147944432593/
Euclid - Memorial Day Parade at 10am. Route: The parade travels from East 228th St. and Lakeshore, proceeds west on Lakeshore to East 222nd St. It then moves south on East 222nd St. to end at the Veterans Memorial next to Euclid City Hall, 585 E. 222nd St.
Fairview Park Memorial Day Ceremony & Parade - We Do Care will hold its annual observance in the rotunda at City Hall; all are invited to attend. Following the ceremony, the annual parade will step off from Corrigan Craciun Funeral Home at West 208 St. and Lorain Rd. The parade, led by the American Legion Post 738 Color Guard, will guide all to the Fairview Park Cemetery where the Legion will honor all veterans. All residents are invited to come out to this year’s parade, attend the opening and closing ceremonies, and to bring their lawn chairs and sit along the parade route to show their support for veterans and troops currently serving. Show off your red, white, and blue! Ceremony: 8am, Parade: 9am Route: The parade travels from Corrigan Craciun Funeral Home to end at the Fairview Park Cemetery.
Hudson - Memorial Day Parade. The annual American Legion Family Memorial Day Parade will step off at 10:00 am from Milford Rd and will conclude with a service at Markillie Cemetery. Parade steps off from Milford Rd., Hudson, OH 44236
Independence - Memorial Day Service & Parade 9am-11am.
Mayfield Village - Memorial Day Celebration - Join the community in remembering all who perished while serving in the country’s armed forces. Mayfield Village and the Disabled American Veterans help lead the ceremony of honoring veterans of all wars. Music, speeches, Color Guard, and all service flags will be honored. Refreshments available after the ceremony. Sunday, May 26; 1pm-2pm. Whitehaven Memorial Park, 615 SOM Center Rd., Mayfield, OH 44143
Parma - Parma-South Presbyterian Church will celebrate 151 years of hosting Memorial Day Services on the front lawn of the church located at 6155 Pearl Rd. The services will be followed by a parade to the Parma Heights Cemetery. Time TBD.
Richmond Heights - Join the City of Richmond Heights for their annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Community Park Veteran's Memorial. Special guest speaker and live Taps. Richmond Heights Police will fire a gun volley, and a moment of silence will be held to reflect upon those who made the ultimate sacrifice. 10am-11am. Richmond Heights Community Park Veteran's Memorial, 26789 Highland Rd., Cleveland, OH 44143
Shaker Heights - Be part of Shaker's Memorial Day observance. Join in at 9am at City Hall for the Memorial Day Ceremony, then watch the parade. 9am. The parade travels along Van Aken Blvd. (in the westbound lane) and ends at Thornton Park.
Strongsville Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony - The parade will begin at St. Joseph Church and travel south on Pearl Rd. to Zverina Ln. It will end at the Freedom Trail gazebo, where a ceremony honoring the nation's fallen military heroes will take place. 11am. The parade travels from St.
Joseph Catholic Church, 12700 Pearl Rd., Strongsville, OH 44136, to end at the Freedom Trail gazebo.
University Heights Memorial Day Parade - The parade will not only honor those who have died serving our county, but it will celebrate the freedom that veterans sacrificed to create. 11am-2pm. Route: The parade travels from Silsby Rd. near Allison Rd., continuing east and turning south on Belvoir to end at the steps of John Carroll University Natatorium.
Westlake Memorial Day Parade - 10am-11am. The parade travels from Sts. Peter & George Coptic Orthodox Church located on Hilliard Blvd. to end at Clague Park.
Mentor Memorial Day Walking Parade & Ceremony - Pay tribute to those who have lost their lives serving our country. Parade units will gather at Heinen's parking lot on Mentor Ave. Step off for the parade is at 9:30am and follows Mentor Ave. to Hopkins Rd. to Mentor Cemetery. The ceremony at the cemetery starts at 10am. The parade travels from Heinen’s parking lot, along Mentor Ave. to Hopkins Rd., to end at Mentor Cemetery.
Painesville Memorial Day Parade - 10am-11am. The parade begins at 10am at Riverside Cemetery (385 Riverside Dr., Painesville, OH 44077)
Avon Lake - Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony, Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park following the parade. 10am-12pm. Route: Veterans Memorial Park, 32756 Lake Rd., Avon Lake, OH 44012.
Grafton - Memorial Day Parade 12pm., hosted by local VFW. (440) 926-3341.
Elyria - Memorial Day Parade. Participants meet on Second St. next to the First Congregational Church. Families are welcome to attend. Route: Parade begins in town square in downtown Elyria.
North Ridgeville - Memorial Day Parade, sponsored by the North Ridgeville Lions and VFW.
Parade will depart the Senior Center down Bainbridge Rd. to the Academic Center. Memorial Day Ceremony at the Ranger Stadium immediately following the parade. 9:45am. The parade travels from Senior Center down Bainbridge Rd. to the Academic Center. The ceremony will take place at Middle School Ranger Stadium (35835 Center Ridge Rd., North Ridgeville, OH 44039)
Brunswick - Memorial Day Program & Parade. The VFW Post 9520 and the American Legion Post 234 will hold a Memorial Day program on the Visintainer School grounds, followed by a parade to Westview Cemetery beginning at 10:30am. The public is invited to attend. 10am-11:30am. The parade travels from the Visintainer School grounds (1459 Pearl Rd., Brunswick, OH) to end at Westview Cemetery.
Westfield Center - The Village of Westfield Center has a parade each Memorial Day. The parade is followed by a tribute to honor veterans. The parade travels from North Leroy Park to end at the Cemetery on Greenwich Rd.
Aurora - Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony. American Legion Ceremony begins at 9:30am followed by the parade, which steps off at 10am. Ceremony: 9:30am, Parade: 10am. The parade arts at Veterans Memorial Park (formerly Breezy Point Park), 40 W. Garfield Rd., Aurora, OH 44202
Rootstown - Rootstown Memorial Day Parade & Flag Raising, 10am. The parade travels from Loretta Dr., eastbound on Tallmadge Rd., to end at Homeland Cemetery.
Suffield Memorial Day Parade - Memorial at the Town Hall at 1 pm, where a wreath will be laid and TAPS played by a member of the Field High School marching band. There will be bands, floats, marching groups, and more! The parade steps off from Memorial Suffield Town Hall & Old Waterloo Rd.
Field of Heroes - Westerville Community Center grounds from May 24—27. Please join the Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club in honoring our veterans, police, fire dept. and those families who sacrificed as well. Over 3000 flags will be flown with displays to remember, inspire and acknowledge those people who gave all to our United States. Events include a concert, 5K Sunday morning and reading of names. For a complete complete schedule, registration for the 5K or purchase flag, visit our website. https://www.fieldofheroes.org
Bexley - Memorial Day Service: Drexel Circle at 11 am.
Canal Winchester - 10:30 a.m. service at Union Grove Cemetery, 400 Winchester Pike.
Chillicothe - The Chillicothe VA and AMVETS Post 2256 will be hosting a Memorial Day Cookout with Karaoke from 1130-1400 at Building 9.
Circleville - 8:30 a.m. ceremony at High Street Cemetery; parade at 9 a.m. from downtown heading north on Court Street, where a ceremony will follow at Forest Cemetery.
Columbus - Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, 10 a.m. on the rooftop terrace at the museum. CEO and President, Michael Ferriter, Lt. General, U.S. Army (Retired), will speak and our keynote address will be delivered by Jennifer (Loredo) Ballou, Master Sergeant, U.S. Army (Retired) and Gold Star Spouse. The program also will include a color guard, taps, the laying of wreaths to pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation. Register on the NVMM w3ebsite at
Columbus - 11 a.m. ceremony Saturday at Green Lawn Cemetery, Huntington Chapel. 11 a.m. ceremony Monday in cemetery’s Section 104.
Delaware - 10 a.m. ceremony at Oak Grove Cemetery, 334 S. Sandusky St.
Dublin - Memorial Day Parade and Observance at 11 a.m; parade in Historic Dublin from The Shoppes at River Ridge to Dublin Cemetery with wreath throwing ceremony on Bridge Street Bridge; 11:30 am ceremony at the Dublin Cemetery; 12 pm complimentary picnic lunch at Monterey Park.
Gahanna - Memorial Day observance at 1 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 73 W. Johnstown Road. The community is invited to remember all those who fought in service to our country.
Grandview - Memorial Day Service: May 23, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Memorial Park. The Blue Star Mothers Memorial Day Service will be conducted in honor of all those from Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff who gave their lives in service to their country. (Rain Location is the Grandview Heights High School Auditorium)
Grandview Heights - Memorial Day Parade: May 25 at 10 am. Includes marching bands, floats and service organizations, as we salute our servicemen and servicewomen. First Ave. between Cambridge Blvd. and Oxley Rd.
Granville - Memorial Day Parade at 10:30 a.m. on Broadway and end in Maple Grove Cemetery with a ceremony.
Grove City - Memorial Day Parade and Service. Parade steps off at 11 am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church and proceeds down Broadway, stopping at City Hall for a short ceremony. The parade will continue to Grove City Cemetery, 3605 Grove City Road, for the Grove City Memorial Day service.
Hilliard - Memorial Day Ceremony: 10 am VFW and American Legion posts will observe Memorial Day with a ceremony at Wesley Chapel Cemetery. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and a special remembrance will be given.
Jefferson Township - 10:45 a.m. ceremony at Jefferson Cemetery, 870 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road, sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Tri-Community Post 4719 and Auxiliary.
Jerome Township - 10 a.m. service at Jerome Cemetery.
Lockbourne - Noon parade through the village, honoring the 75th anniversary of the Lockbourne Air Force Base, with ceremony to follow at Lockbourne Veterans Park, 154 Commerce St.
New Albany - 8 a.m. Saturday bicycling Honor Ride Ohio supporting wounded veterans, starting and finishing at the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany, 150 W. Main St.
Prairie Township - 9:30 a.m. service at Galloway Cemetery on Alkire Road, conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Grove City Memorial Post 8198; noon service at Alton Cemetery on Alton-Darby Creek Road, conducted by American Legion Camp Chase Post 98.
Hartford - 10 a.m. parade at Croton Square, followed by a ceremony in Hartford Cemetery.
Johnstown - 11:30 a.m. ceremony at Greenhill Cemetery, followed by a luncheon at the American Legion Post 254, 180 W. Maple St.
Newark: 10:15 a.m. parade from Everett Park to Cedar Hill Cemetery, followed by a ceremony at 11 a.m.
Lancaster - 10:30 a.m. parade from Mulberry and Columbus streets to Forest Rose Cemetery.
Lithopolis - Memorial Day Celebration and Annual Bloom Township Memorial Day Fish Fry & Car Show: 10 am – 5 pm. The American Legion parade begins at 10 am from the American Legion on Smith Rd, immediately followed by a memorial ceremony at the Lithopolis Cemetery at 10:45am. At 11:00am, head into town for a fish fry, classic car show, craft show, and activities for the entire family to enjoy! Kids will enjoy bounce houses, face painting, laser tag and more. The All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry – hosted by the Bloom Township Firefighters goes until 5pm or the fish is gone (every year the firefighters serve over 4,000 lbs of fish!).
Marysville - Memorial Day Parade at 8:15 a.m. “Lost at Sea” Ceremony at Schwartzkopf Park, 9:00 am Parade from Fifth and Plum Street to Oakdale Cemetery, 9:30 am Services at Oakdale Cemetery, Amrine Cemetery (American Legion Post 79), then the Catholic Cemetery (VFW) immediately after (near noon).
Newark - Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony, 10 a.m., Everett Field Park. Line Up starts at Everett Field Park and ends at Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Millersport - 10 a.m. parade from Millersport Elementary School to Millersport Cemetery.
Pataskala - Memorial Day observance: Memorial Day Ceremony starting at 10 am at the Pataskala Cemetery. Once completed the ceremony will continue at 11 am at Veterans Green.
Pickerington - 9 a.m. ceremony at Violet Cemetery. An honor-guard march will follow to Victory Park. A ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. at American Legion Post 283, 7725 Refugee Road, followed by a cookout
Plain City - 9 a.m. parade begins at Old Plain City Elementary School, 580 S Chillicothe St., followed by 10 a.m. VFW ceremony at Forest Grove Cemetery, 8270 Cemetery Pike.
Powell - Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony at 10 am – 12:30 pm. Begins on Grace Dr. and proceeds west. The ceremony will be held at the Greater Powell Veterans Memorial in Village Green Park.
Reynoldsburg - 9 a.m. ceremony at Silent Home Cemetery, sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Reynoldsburg Post 7493.