Memorial Day is May 27: Here is a list of Ohio area events and observances

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.

Akron/Canton area

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.

Cleveland area

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

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.

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.

Columbus area

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.

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.

Richwood - 9 a.m. services at York Cemetery; parade at 10 a.m. through the village, with services to follow at 10:30 a.m. at Claibourne Cemetery.

Sunbury - Memorial Day Flea Market and Parade: 7 am – 5 pm. Shopping in Sunbury Village Square with vendors offering treasures, crafts, antiques, plants, and food. Admission for adults and teens: $1.00, children 10 and under are free. Parade is at 10 am to honor those who have served our country.

Upper Arlington - UACA Memorial Day Run 9 a.m., Reed Park, 3855 Reed Road.

Westerville - 9:45 a.m. parade starting at College and State streets, ending at Otterbein Cemetery, 175 S. Knox St., with ceremony to follow, sponsored by American Legion Young-Budd Post 171; noon reading of names at Field of Heroes, across from Westerville Community Center on Cleveland Avenue.

Whitehall: From 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. at the Whitehall VFW Post No. 8794 at 10 a.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. VFW 8794 Post Luncheon at 12:30 p.m.

Worthington: Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony at 9:30 am. The parade starts at the American Legion Post and ends in Walnut Grove Cemetery at the Circle of Honor, where American Legion Post 239 holds their Memorial Day Service to honor our fallen veterans. See all of the flags marking over 1,300 Veteran’s grave sites in Walnut Grove Cemetery.

Dayton/Cincinnati area

Patriot Freedom Festival - The Patriot Freedom Festival, held annually since 2004, is the signature event hosted by the American Veterans Heritage Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The purpose of the Festival is to provide an activity on the Dayton VA Medical Center Campus which welcomes the community onto the historic grounds of the 1868 “Soldiers’ Home” so they may interact with the Veterans living on-campus and learn about the history of our American Military. This is a fun learning opportunity, provided by the reenactors from various military eras as well as a bus tour of the campus led by our docent/historian. The Festival partners with the volunteers in the Grotto Gardens who provide a tour of the Gardens and activities for children. Food vendors available. Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 9 AM – 6 PM, Dayton VA Medical Center, 4100 W 3rd St, Dayton, Ohio 45428

Dayton Heritage Festival at Carillon Park. Sunday, May 26. It's a Memorial Day weekend to remember with an old-fashioned patriotic celebration!

Memorial Day Mass at Calvary Cemetery. Sunday, May 26. Honoring those who have made the heroic sacrifice to defend our country's freedom. Note change of location for 2019.

Beavercreek - Memorial Day Ceremony. The City of Beavercreek Parks, Recreation & Culture Department invites everyone to the services at Veterans Memorial Park at 2 p.m.

Centerville - Memorial Day Ceremony. The City of Centerville’s annual Memorial Day ceremony at 9 a.m., the Veterans Memorial in Stubbs Park, 255 W. Spring Valley Road.

Conneaut - Memorial Day Parade. 10am-12pm. Parade kicks-off from the American Legion on Broad St. in Conneaut and proceeds down Main St.

Columbiana - American Legion Post 290 Annual Memorial Day Parade. 10am. Parade marches from Main Street to West Park Ave. to Firestone Cemetery.

East Palestine - Memorial Day Parade. The Memorial Day Parade sponsored by the George F. McBane Post 31 of the American Legion. 11am.

Lebanon - The VFW #6069 hosts this annual parade to honor the sacrifices made by the members of our military.. The parade begns at 11 am in downtown Lebanon on South Street and travels northbound on Broadway to the Lebanon Cemetery on Silver Street starting at 11 a.m.

Miamisburg - Memorial Day Parade, Riverfront Park at 11 a.m.

Middletown - Memorial Day Parade, starts at 10 a.m. and will proceed down verity pass 14th to Woodside cemetery where there will be a service honoring our fallen soldiers. This year's Grand Marshal is 95 year old Pearl Harbor survivor Delbert Sharrett This year's Address Speaker is Congressman Warren Davidson.

Springfield - Memorial Day Parade Float, 8:30 a.m. - noon. Come walk/ride with your friends at Springfield Jr Civic Theatre and honor our veterans. Parade starts at 9 but we are meeting at Veteran's Park on Cliff Road at 830. Wear sunscreen and comfortable shoes! Parade ends at noon. Parents are welcome to join us or you can pick up kids at the park.

Springboro - Memorial Day Parade & Picnic. The parade will begin promptly at 2:00 PM on S. Main Street and proceed to Wade Field for a brief ceremony. It is a walking parade, with the exception of military vehicles. Groups and individuals interested in joining the parade should meet at the alley and parking lot near Jonathan Wright School at 1:30 p.m. to let the Parade Marshal know you are participating. Complimentary food and refreshments are available following the ceremony in the Springboro Intermediate School cafeteria adjacent to the field.Join us for this patriotic tribute in memory of the men and women who served and sacrificed for our great nation, and please take the time to honor and remember our veterans on this important day.

West Chester - 10 a.m., Organized by the VFW Post 7696, the parade on Cincinnati Dayton Road concludes with a ceremony at West Chester Cemetery on West Chester Road.

Toledo area

Cloverdale - The service will be at 10 am at the Flower Garden at Mahoning Street.

Continental - Memorial Day service will be on the south side of the American Legion Hall at 11:15 am. Post 541 Legionnaires, their spouses, and the spouses of our deceased Legion members are invited to breakfast from 8-9:15am at the Legion and also a lunch following the memorial service in Continental. See you on Memorial Day at one or both of the services.

Lakeside/Marblehead - This year, Lakeside Chautauqua will host the peninsula’s Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony . The parade will begin at Central Avenue and Fifth Street, travel north on Central Avenue, west on Second Street and proceed to Pavilion Circle, located in Bettinger Park, where the Memorial Day Ceremony will take place. The rain location for the ceremony is Orchestra Hall. Please note: There is no charge for admission and parking to enter Lakeside Chautauqua for the Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony. Guests may enter the gates between 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Kalida - Memorial Day will be observed with a church service at 8:00am at Saint Michaels and a memorial service at 9:00 am at the Pioneer Pavilion. In case of rain, the parade will be canceled and the memorial service will be held in the fire station.

Ottawa - Memorial Day will be observed with a parade and memorial service. The parade will move from the corner on Main and Perry Streets at 10:30am and will feature the Kalida and Ottawa-Glandorf High School Marching Bands. The memorial service will be in front of the Courthouse immediately following the parade. This Memorial Day observance is sponsored jointly by the Ottawa American Legion, the Ottawa VFW, the Ottawa AMVETS, and the Putnam County Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans. They invite the public to join them in honoring our deceased veterans. In case of rain, the parade will be canceled and the memorial service will be held in the Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium at the Ottawa-Glandorf High School.

Put-In-Bay - Memorial Day Weekend Celebration, May 24-27. Put-in-Bay’s most popular entertainers return to the island to perform Memorial Day weekend, many with multiple shows! You can see who is playing whereby visiting our Put-in-Bay Ohio Entertainment Page. Active Duty service members and Veterans will receive discounts on the Put-in-Bay Ferry (Free passage on both ferries on Monday only)and many Put-in-Bay Merchants.On May 25th & 26th Tourists will enjoy the demonstration of Historic Firearms and the Park’s Carronade throughout the day by Park Rangers & Volunteers. Ranger programs will cover the nuances of the 1812 military uniform, the proper handling of black powder and the steps to firing a musket. Historic Firearms demonstrations will take place at 11:00 am, 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Carronade Demonstrations will be given at Noon, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. There will be a 1:00p m Junior Ranger program “Join the Army”Memorial Day Services will be held on May 27th in the lower plaza of the Perry Victory and International Peace Memorial at 11:00 am to honor our Veterans past and present at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial visitors center plaza Both Sunday and Monday feature an antique car parade started years ago by island legend Skip Duggan. The car parade generally starts around 2:30 pm and at times features over 100 antique and classic cars. A big hit with the kids is the candy truck at the end tossing a treat to the children.The Put-in-Bay Resorts award-winning pool and swim up bar the Blue Marlin will be the daily hot spot serving up great music, fun times and awesome food and drinks. Be sure to reserve your Put-in-Bay Resort or Hotel room early as this weekend means FUN! Reservations for hotels and resorts can be made online or by calling 1-888-742-7829. Put-in-Bay Rental Homes can be booked online or by calling 419-285-7427.

Youngstown area

Boardman - The 115th Boardman Memorial Day Parade begins at Boardman Center Intermediate School and travels down 224 to end at Boardman Park. Immediately following the Parade, head over to the Maag Theatre for a program honoring our Veterans led by the Kiwanis Club of Boardman. 10am. The parade travels from Boardman Center Intermediate School, down 224, and ends at Boardman Park.

Discounts and freebies

Alpha Industries – Online

During Military Appreciation Month, Alpha Industries offers a double military discount. Save 30% plus free shipping for active duty, reservists, and retired members of the armed forces. Verification through SheerID is required to receive the discounted rate. A year-round 15% discount is also available.

Applebee’s – Nationwide/Participating locations

Applebee’s is offering 15% off meals during May in honor of Military Appreciation Month for past and present military members. Those who dine in on Armed Forces Day, May 18th, will receive a $5 bonus card to use on a return visit. A valid military ID or proof of military service is required to be eligible for these offers.


Active Duty Military, Veterans, and dependents are eligible for a 10% discount off online watch purchases. Military verification is required through the ID Discount program via the Armitron website. Once verified, users will receive a single-use code that can be applied at checkout. Shoppers can re-verify to receive codes for future purchases (1 code per day).

Army & Air Force Exchange Service

Shoppers who open a new Military Star Account will save 15% on their purchases that day. Offer is open from May 16 through May 30. The savings will be applied as a credit on the first billing statement.

Blue Star Museums – Free Admission to over 2,000 museums

Military members and their families can receive free admission to more than 2,000 museums across America from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Blue Star Theatres, offers complementary or discounted admission to all military members and their families, including veterans at over 150 theatres across the country.

Cincinnati Zoo – Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati Zoo offers free admission to military members on Memorial Day, July 4th and Veteran’s Day. Eligible members include active and retired military, National Guard, veterans with honorable or medical discharge and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps with government issued ID. Eligible military personnel may also purchase up to six (6) half-price admission tickets for immediate members of their family.


Sidewalk sales take place worldwide through May 31, 2019. During May’s Military Appreciation Month, commissaries worldwide will each have a 2- or 3-day weekend outdoor (weather permitting) sidewalk sale. Sales feature extra savings and may include special deals on case and club pack items. Check here for your local commissary’s sidewalk sales.

Crayola Experience – Easton, PA

This crayola-themed children’s museum is giving free admission to active duty military, veterans, and retired military members during May for Military Appreciation Month, plus 25% off admission for immediate family members.

Dorney Park – Allentown, PA

Active duty military, retired military, National Guard, veterans with honorable or medical discharge and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps get free admission during Military Days at Dorney Park. Military Days are Memorial Day weekend (May 25-27) and Fourth of July (July 1-4). Eligible members may also purchase up to six discounted tickets for immediate family members for $29.99 each.

Eyemart Express – Nationwide

Eyemart Express is a leading national optical retailer and fastest provider of quality eyewear. For Military Appreciation Month, they are doubling their discount and offering 20% off all purchases for retired, active- or non-active, veteran, or dependent military members with a valid ID.

HealthSource Chiropractic – Nationwide

Active and former military personnel are eligible for free x-rays and exams during the month of May at 250 clinics across the nation.

Home Depot

A 10% discount is offered in-store to ALL military veterans on Memorial Day and a year-round 10% discount is available at participating U.S. locations to active duty personnel, reservists, retired or disabled veterans. A valid military ID must be presented to receive the discount. Home Depot does not accept state ID cards with veterans designation and some limitations may apply.

Honor Defense

Design your own custom pistol and receive a 10% discount. Active duty, retirees, and veterans are eligible for the 10% military discount with the code PATRIOT. The coupon code must be used and proof of service must be forwarded to customer service at


Hyundai is doubling their Military Discount to offer $1000 in savings from May 17 through June 3. The special promotion is available to active duty and retired military, first responders, and spouses.

Jiffy Lube

Jiffy Lube offers a 25% discount off all services for active duty and former military members. This discount is available all day, year-round.

King’s Island

King’s Island Military Appreciation Days are during the Memorial Day holiday weekend from May 24th – 27th. Active military members, retired military, National Guard, veterans with honorable or medical discharges, and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets with government issued ID will receive free admission to the park. Tickets for immediate family members are available for purchase at the rate of $35 each.

La Quinta by Wyndham – U.S. and Canada

La Quinta by Wyndham locations across the US and Canada offer 12% off best available rates to all active duty military and veterans with a valid military ID at the time of check-in. This offer is available year round. La Quinta offers additional military perks including upgrade to Gold Level in the Wyndham Rewards programs, bonus points, and dedicated member services.


This Memorial Day, all Military Veterans receive a 10% discount at Lowe’s. Lowe’s also offers an everyday 10% Military Discount available to active duty, Retired Veterans, and VA Recipients and their dependents.

McCormick & Schmick’s

Gold Star parents, spouses, veterans, and active members of the U.S. military and National Guard can get one free entrée (either for lunch or dinner) on May 27. Options include salmon rigatoni, buttermilk fried shrimp, and tender beef medallions.

National Veterans Memorial and Museum – Columbus, Ohio

The National Veterans Memorial and Museum offers free admission and free parking to Veterans, Gold Star Families, and Active Duty Military members. A Veteran ID, Military ID, DD214 or Driver’s License that notes Military status are required as proof of service to receive free admission.

Outdoor Bound – Outdoor & Tactical Gear

Outdoor Bound Outdoor & Tactical gear offers a 20% discount to active duty, veterans, reserves, guard, and dependents as well as first responders with the promo code Military18.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop

All veterans and active military members can grab a free sandwich, salad or “pick-your-pair” as a BOGO deal for Memorial Day. The offer runs from May 26 through May 27—simply show ID to redeem.


During Military Appreciation Month, Sherwin Williams offers Military and Veterans a 15% discount on Paints, Stains, and supplies. The discount is available to active duty, veterans, retirees, reservists, or anyone serving or have served in ROTC, the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army or Royal Canadian Air Force, OR be the spouse of an eligible military member. A valid military issued ID is required to receive the discount.

Vet Tix – Nationwide

Attend an event near you for as little as $20 with free tickets to year-round family events, concerts, performing arts, and sporting events. Tickets are donated to Vet Tix and distributed to eligible families to attend for the cost of the handling fee only (usually less than $20). Active duty military and veterans are eligible for tickets through the Vet Tix program.


Zappo’s now offers 10% off online purchases to military personnel. Verification through SheerID is required to receive the discount. The discount it also available for students and teachers.

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