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Memorial Day events


Most government offices will be closed Monday for Memorial Day. The U.S. Postal Service will not deliver mail that day.

Trash service for customers of both Rumpke and Republic Services will be delayed by one day next week because no garbage will be picked up Monday. Elyria trash will also will be delayed a day with no pickup Monday.

Oberlin trash pickup will not be delayed.


Grafton will hold its 81st annual Firemen’s Festival 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 1 to 8 p.m. Monday at Willow Park. It will feature bingo, rides, music and more.


The 30th annual vigil to remember the 98 men from Lorain County who died in the Vietnam War will begin at 5 p.m. at the Lorain County Vietnam Memorial. The memorial, dedicated in 2007, is on North Lake Street in Amherst next to the Amherst police station. The ceremony will include a reading of the names featured on the memorial and a Vietnam-era veteran pinning ceremony by the Nathan Perry Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. For the pinning ceremony, participants should arrive between 4:30 and 5 p.m. to sign in. The vigil will conclude at 10 p.m.

In Elyria, volunteers can help place flags on graves at cemeteries at 8 a.m. at Agudath Achim, Brookdale, LaPorte, North and South Murray Ridge, Ridgelawn and St. Mary’s cemeteries.

This will be done by American Legion Post 12, AMVETS Post 32, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1079, Korean War Veterans Association, Marine Corps League, Disabled American Veterans, Military Order of the Purple Heart, assisted by Boy and Girl Scouts and Elyria High School JROTC. Volunteers are welcome.


Brownhelm Historical Association will gather 1:30 p.m. at South Claus and North Ridge roads to march to Brownhelm Cemetery for the annual parade. Anyone with an old tractor, vintage vehicle or any area scouting groups, kids’ sports teams or 4-H groups also are invited to join in what organizers call “the smallest parade” in the area to honor local veterans. A memorial service conducted by Amherst American Legion Post 118 is 2 p.m. At 3:15 p.m. the group will honor Revolutionary War soldier, Bildad Belden, at Brown’s Lake Road Cemetery with the Vermilion Veterans Council. Tom Jenkins, leader of ROTC at Elyria High School, will pay tribute to veterans buried at Rugby Cemetery, the first time the group is holding a service at the Brownhelm Township cemetery. For information, call Ed or Marilyn Brill at (440) 988-4550 or Ed Rivet at (518) 258-8469.

The Eaton Township Veterans Memorial Committee, along with American Legion Post 717, is holding their annual Memorial Day service starting at 1 p.m. at Butternut Ridge Cemetery in Eaton Township. Boy Scout Troop 111 will be assisting. This year is a special occasion as the township is also celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Eaton Township Veterans Memorial’s completion and dedication. The memorial has received praise from veterans’ organizations, including American Legion brass from St. Louis.

A wreath-laying ceremony will be 7 p.m. Sunday at American Legion Post 12, 393 Ohio St. in Elyria with guest speaker George N. Vourlojianis.

Kipton will hold its Memorial Day parade beginning at 2 p.m. The parade will begin at the village’s recycling center and loop through downtown. A ceremony at Veterans Park will follow the parade. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

Lorain will hold a veterans memorial service at 2 p.m. at the Lorain Palace Theater, 617 Broadway.


Amherst will hold a short military service, including the playing of taps at the Cleveland Street Cemetery. The service will be followed by a parade that will head south on Forest Street to Park Avenue. The parade will then head west on Park Avenue to Amherst City Hall, where the annual Memorial Day program will take place. The program is expected to take about 40 minutes. Political campaigning during the parade is discouraged.

Avon’s Memorial Day parade will begin 9 a.m. at the Avon Senior Center, 36786 Detroit Road, travel east on Detroit Road to the Avon Cemetery at state Route 83 and Detroit Road for a ceremony.

Avon Lake’s Memorial Day parade will begin 10 a.m. at Avon Lake High School, 175 Avon Belden Road, with line up beginning at 9 a.m. A ceremony honoring the military dead is scheduled for Veterans Memorial Park at 10:45 a.m.

A Memorial Day pancake breakfast sponsored by Invest Elyria is 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at St. Andrews Church, 300 Third St. The cost is $5 per person and free for children younger than 3.

A Memorial Day service will be 9 a.m. in Ely Square with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1079 color guard along with guest speaker David Root.

Elyria’s Memorial Day parade will be 10 a.m., rain or shine. The parade route will begin at Court and Broad streets; go east on Broad to Washington Avenue, north on Washington Avenue to Harrison Street and east on Harrison Street to Glenwood Street. The parade will end at Harrison and Glenwood.

The Grafton Memorial Day parade is sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3341. Lineup will begin 11 a.m., and the parade will step off at noon from the Grafton police station, 1009 Chestnut St. After the parade, the post on Huron Street will host an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. allowing guests to view the new mural created by Avon resident Kerry Barvincak.

In Grafton Township, Belden Historical Society will host a parade and program. The parade lineup will be 9:30 a.m. at the Grafton Township Fire Hall. The parade will start 10 a.m. and proceed to the Grafton Township Veterans’ Memorial Park for a short program. The parade will include the Midview Air Force ROTC and marching band.

The parade in LaGrange and LaGrange Township will begin 11 a.m. at Liberty Street and ending at Veterans Park. The Rev. Andrew Scott from the LaGrange United Methodist Church will give the invocation and the Keystone High School band will perform.

The Lorain Memorial Day parade will begin 11 a.m. along Broadway. A memorial service will take place 6 p.m. at AMVETS Post 47, 3009 Broadway, featuring Mayor Chase Ritenauer and Police Chief Cel Rivera.

North Ridgeville’s Memorial Day parade will begin 9:45 a.m. at the Marc’s parking lot, 34800 Center Ridge Road, and will end at the North Ridgeville Middle School Ranger Stadium.

Oberlin’s Juneteenth festivities will commence at 10 a.m. with a celebration at Wright Park. A wreath will be laid for Ferrier H. White, a Tuskegee airman who died in Italy. At 1 p.m. a free “Radicals and Reformers” history walk will be led through Westwood Cemetery. The guided tour is lead by an Oberlin Heritage Center docent and will include stories of Oberlinians who served in the military.

Rochester will hold a procession to the village’s cemetery, where a ceremony will be 2 p.m. Light refreshments will be served at Town Hall, 52185 Griggs Road, after the ceremony. In addition, the village’s museum will hold an open house 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

A memorial service followed by breakfast at 11 a.m. will be at Sheffield Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8686, 577 Harris Road. About 9:30 a.m. AMVETS Post 55 members will raise and lower flags, play taps and have a rifle salute at Veterans Park and the boat launch.

Sheffield will hold a Memorial Day ceremony with a flag raising and rifle salute at 8:30 a.m. at Village Hall, 4820 Detroit Road.

Vermilion’s Memorial Day events start with two dedication ceremonies, at 8 a.m. at Exchange Park at the Main Street and Liberty Avenue and 8:45 a.m. at Maple Grove Cemetery on Cemetery Road, Vermilion Township. The parade starts 10:30 a.m. at Victory Park, Main and Ohio streets, followed by the 11 a.m. holiday ceremony. A luncheon will follow at the Vermilion AMVETS Post 22, 1517 State Road. For more information, call (440) 967-9681. Monday also marks the 84th year the Vermilion Yacht Club will mark Memorial Day with its traditional blessing of the fleet. Club members, lagoon residents, the VYC bridge and past commodores in full uniform will gather 12:30 p.m. on the front lawn for the event. Local clergy will bless the fleet for safe travels and passage through the sailing season. Current Commodore Kym Custer, the second female commodore in the club’s history, will deliver the Memorial Day message. Patriotic music will be performed by Vermilion High School’s marching band and bagpipers. The club provides a hot dog lunch after the service, and club captains decorate and prepare their ships for the fleet parade.

Wellington’s road races will start 8:30 a.m. beginning at Wellington Village Hall. Parking is behind the hall at the Methodist church. The races finish at the same location. The Spirit of ’76 5K/8K and 1-mile walk go though the streets of downtown. The race is to honor all who have died while serving the country. The cost is $25 the day of the race. The cost for the 1-mile race is $5 or $15 with a race day shirt. Registration opens at 7:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m. a ceremony will be at the war memorial in front of Town Hall and then a parade to the ceremony where there will be a rifle salute and raising of the flag.

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