May 27, 2016

Remembering those who served: The origins of Memorial Day and how you can celebrate

The following post is brought to you by the Weatherhead Marketing Office, wishing you a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Memorial Day marks the official start of summer in Cleveland, but its meaning runs much deeper
than outdoor concerts and backyard barbecues.

Watch this short video and discover the origins of America's national holiday to remember those who have died while serving in the U.S. military.

A common tradition across Northeastern Ohio communities on Memorial Day weekend is the Memorial Day parade. Communities come together to remember the fallen, often leading to a solemn ceremony graveside in local cemeteries, where veterans or active duty military members offer a 21-gun salute. The 21-gun salute is considered the highest military honor.

Where are the parades and ceremonies in your neighborhood?

Aurora: Memorial Day Parade on May 30 at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park.

Avon Lake: Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park on May 30 at 10 a.m. with parade to follow.

Bath Township: Memorial Day observance on May 30 at noon at Bath Veterans’ Memorial Park.

Bay Village: Memorial Day Parade on May 30 at 8:30 a.m. at Huntington Park.

Bedford: Memorial Day Parade on May 30 at 10:15 at city hall.

Berea: Services at Adams Street Cemetery at 8 a.m. and Woodvale Cemetery at 9 a.m. Parade at 10:30 in downtown Berea.

Broadview Heights: Parade and ceremony on May 30 at 11 a.m. at the Crossings Shopping Center.

Brunswick: Memorial Day program and parade on May 30 at 10 a.m. at Vistintainer School.

Cleveland Heights: Memorial Day ceremony on May 30 at 10:30 a.m. at Cumberland Park.

Fairview Park: Memorial Day observance on May 30 at 8 a.m. in the city hall rotunda. Parade to begin at 9 .m from Corrigan Craciun Funeral Home.

Garfield Heights: Memorial Day services on May 30 at 10 a.m. at the Garfield Heights Civic Center Veterans Plaza.

Green: Memorial Day parade and ceremony on May 30 at 7 a.m. at the Green Higih School parking lot.

Hudson: Memorial Day Parade on May 30 at 8 a.m., starting at Milford Road and Veterans Way.

Jackson Township: Fifth Annual Field of Honor from May 27 to May 30 at the corner of Fulton Road and Wales Avenue.

Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland: Memorial Day celebration at the Garfield Memorial on May 30 at 10:30 a.m.

Mentor-on-the-Lake: Annual Memorial Day Parade at 1 p.m. on May 29.

North Ridgeville: Memorial Day Parade on May 30 at 9:45 a.m., beginning at the Marc’s parking lot.

Painesville: Parade and “Fallen Heroes” commemoration at 10 a.m. on May 30, starting at Riverside Cemetery.

Riverside Cemetery in Cleveland: Memorial Day service and dedication ceremony on May 30 at 9:30 a.m.

Shaker Heights: Memorial Day Parade on May 30 at 9:30 a.m. at corner of Lee Road and Van Aken Boulevard.

Strongsville: Traditional Memorial Day service at Freedom Trail Gazebo on May 30 at 11 a.m. Parade is canceled because of the Pearl Road resurfacing.

Suffield Township: Memorial Day Parade on May 30 at 2 p.m.

Tallmadge: American Legion Memorial Day Parade at May 30 at 10 a.m. at Circle Park.

University Heights: 50th Annual Memorial Day Parade on May 30 at 11 a.m., beginning at Silsby Road.

Westlake: Memorial Day Parade on May 30 at 10 a.m. at Clague Park.

Wickliffe: Memorial Day Parade on May 30 at 10 a.m., starting at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Worden Road.

Willoughby: Memorial Day Parade on May 30 at 9:30 a.m. in downtown Willoughby.

Festivals and Events
Wrapped around the solemnity of Memorial Day are many local festivals and events. Check out these opportunities to get out and enjoy the city!

Berea’s National Rib Cook-Off: May 27 to 30 at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds.

Blossom Time: May 26 to May 30 in downtown Chagrin Falls.

Cedar Point Armed Forces Memorial Day Weekend: May 27 to May 30. Past and present service members with valid ID get one free adult admission ticket.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo KidsDays: May 28 to May 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Special demonstrations with lions, elephants and sea lions, as well as an interactive gaming zone.

Tremont Greek Fest: May 27 to 30 at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.

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