Parades and ceremonies to honor deceased veterans across Portage
Memorial Day commemorations in Portage County will take place at various times and locations over the long weekend, returning after numerous cancellations in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The origins of Memorial Day can be traced back to the years after the Civil War, when Americans celebrated Decoration Day. The holiday is officially recognized by the federal government as an observed holiday in 1971.
For many villages, townships and towns in Portage County, the traditions of marking the holiday with local celebrations span decades.
The following events are planned:
A Memorial Day ceremony is scheduled at Aurora Cemetery, under the responsibility of local American Legion posts and foreign war veterans. The ceremony will take place Monday at 11 a.m. There will be no parade.
According to Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin, Community Focus will record the program and broadcast it on mycommuityfocus.app, Community Focus channel 1021 and the city’s website.
The Township will host a Veterans Memorial at 11:00 a.m. at Restland Cemetery, near Highway 43 and Tallmadge Road. There is no parade.
The Charlestown Remembrance Day celebration will take place on Sunday. Parade will begin at Township Park on Rock Spring Road at 11 a.m. with the line-up at 10:30 a.m.
Anyone can join the parade without any political policy. Vintage Cars, Tractors, Tanks, Ball Teams, Boy / Girl Scout Troops are welcome. Children are encouraged to decorate their bikes with a patriotic theme for a chance to win a prize. Veterans are invited to participate in the parade.
The parade will continue to the cemetery on Newton Falls Road where there will be a short service. Major Shaun T. Robinson, garrison commander of Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center will be the keynote speaker.
The Township of Edinburgh will host a memorial service at 11 a.m. Monday at Edinburgh Cemetery. Those in attendance are encouraged to follow social distancing and facial coverage guidelines. There will be no parade.
The parade will begin at 9 a.m. Monday and will leave the Veterans Memorial on Maple Street near Highway 88 and continue to Cemetery Park, where a ceremony will follow.
A parade will be held at noon Monday in recognition of the first responders and a service will follow in remembrance of the buried veterans of the community.
The parade will start from Hiram Christian Church at the intersection of Route 82 and Route 700 and will end at Fairview Cemetery on Wakefield Road. The service will include musical tributes, guest speakers, a reading of the Gettysburg speech and a roll call of veterans buried in Hiram cemeteries.
All are invited to Maggie’s Donuts, 6821 Wakefield Road, after service for light refreshments.
On Monday, Kent’s American Legion Post 496 will escort an honor guard to Standing Rock Cemetery, 1361 N. Mantua St., for a memorial service at 11 a.m. The group will then return to the location of the post, 1945 Mogadore Road, for lunch. At 4:00 p.m., members will hold a flag removal ceremony.
A ceremony will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Hillside Cemetery near West Prospect Street. There will be no parade.
Canton of Mantua
A ceremony will be held Monday at 11 am at Westlawn Cemetery on Route 82. There will be no parade.
The Memorial Day service will be hosted by the village at Mogadore Greenwood Cemetery starting at 10:30 a.m. Monday. There will be no parade preceding the service.
The program will include a guest speaker as well as participation from members of Mogadore VFW Post 8487 and American Legion Post 452. The group from Mogadore High School will provide music during the ceremony. Those who attend are urged to follow Ohio’s social distancing and facial coverage guidelines.
Canton of Paris
The Memorial Day celebration will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday at Hawley Cemetery, located on McClintocksburg Road, between Gilbert Road and Griffith Road.
The Ravenna Memorial Day parade was canceled due to lack of interest and public participation, according to the committee, which includes members of the Ravenna American Legion and Ravenna VFW.
There will be a brief ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on the steps of the Portage County Courthouse in Ravenna, followed by a brief ceremony at 11 a.m. at Maple Grove Cemetery on North Chestnut Street.
The Township of Shalersville will hold its traditional Remembrance Day ceremonies at 10 am Saturday at Riverside Cemetery on Route 303. There is no parade.
Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, members of the American Legion Post 685 of Streetsboro and other volunteers will place new American flags at the graves of veterans at Evergreen Cemetery on Route 14.
The Streetsboro American Legion will also be conducting a Round Robin Ceremony starting at 9 am Sunday. A solemn service intended to commemorate those who have served the country, the round robin tournament will begin at the location of the post at 10001 Aurora Hudson Road. A 30-40 minute ceremony will take place before participants travel to Streetsboro VFW, Evergreen Cemetery and Woodside Lake Park.
The parade will line up at 9 a.m. Monday at Old Waterloo Road between Congress Lake Road and Catherine Road, then disembark at 10 a.m. The parade crosses Route 43 and ends at Suffield Elementary School / Lions Park. JP Heil is the Grand Marshal.
At approximately 11:15 a.m., a ceremony will be held at Lions Park. The ceremony will include taps, flag raising, crown placement, colored guard and prayers.
The parade will line up at Windham High School at 10 a.m. Monday and continue along Main Street to Windham Cemetery.
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