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Memorial Day celebrations


In recognition of the Memorial Day holiday, city and village offices will be closed and mail won’t be delivered Monday. Neither Elyria nor Allied Waste will collect trash Monday. Instead, scheduled trash pickups will be delayed by a day for the rest of the week with the last garbage collection being Saturday instead of Friday. Events in the area’s communities include:


The Amherst Memorial Day Parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday. Line-up will be at 9 a.m. from the corner of Washington and Cleveland streets to Marion L. Steele High School. A short memorial service will be at the Cleveland Street cemetery at 9:55 a.m. The parade route begins at Washington Avenue, with participants marching south to Forest Street then west on Park Avenue to Five Points.

The parade will halt for a brief ceremony at City Hall for the comfort of, and in honor and respect of our veterans. For more information, or to participate in the parade, call (440) 714-1213 or (440) 984-3398.


Belden Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the Grafton Township Fire Department on state Route 83 just south of the state Route 303 intersection. There will be a short ceremony at the Fire Hall, with a message from the Rev. Jeff Lanzer of Belden United Methodist Church, and the church choir and Midview High School band will provide music. The parade will go to Belden cemetery for a brief ceremony, then to the Belden Veterans Park for a short rededication ceremony at the park. Refreshments will be served back at the Fire Hall following the parade.


The Brighton Township Memorial Day Parade will be 9 a.m. Monday. All marching units are to form at Brighton Center. The parade will march from the Congregational Church to the township cemetery.


The Brownhelm Historical Association will celebrate with the annual parade and service at the Brownhelm Cemetery on Sunday. Any groups or individuals wanting to be in the parade should meet at South Claus and North Ridge Road at 1:30 p.m. to line up. At 1:45 p.m., the parade will march to the cemetery. Anyone with an old car, old tractor, decorated bicycle and horseback riders is welcome to attend.

The service at the cemetery will begin at 2 p.m. so bring a lawn chair and enjoy the service to honor our Brownhelm veterans. For more information, call Ed Brill at (440) 988-4550.


Columbia Township’s VFW Post 9340 will hold traditional services to honor those who have served the country in the U.S. military. This year, the ceremony will honor the service of all women veterans.

The parade will step off at 11 a.m. Monday from Columbia Middle School driveway and proceed to the cemetery. After the service, the parade will continue to the Veterans Memorial Monument on state Route 82.


Memorial Day will once again be all about pancakes, parades and prayers for the fallen.

Lorain National Bank is sponsoring Main Street Elyria’s seventh annual Memorial Day pancake breakfast 7:30 to

10 a.m. Monday at St. Andrews Church.

Volunteers from the Organization Committee of Main Street Elyria plan to prepare and serve the $5 breakfast that consists of pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice. As a salute, veterans in uniform receive special pricing of $4 and children ages 4 to 12 eat for $3. Children younger than 3 eat free. For more information, call Main Street Elyria at (440) 322-5000 or visit

The Memorial Day festivities will begin with an 8 a.m. ceremony in Ely Square, followed by the parade, which will begin 10 a.m. at Court and Broad streets to Washington Avenue. It then turns on Ohio Street and ends at Ohio and Glenwood streets. The location is about a block from Ridgelawn Cemetery.


Fitchville American Legion Memorial Post 729 will present the service, which starts at 2 p.m. Monday at the Fitchville Towship Hall on Crescent Road.

Speaker for the afternoon is Greenwich resident and veteran Clark Hunter. Chandler Gray will present the Gettysburg Address.

Participants will march to the Fitchville Cemetery for further services. The Post Color Guard — under the direction of Officer of the Day John Roeder, area veterans, the New London Junior High Band and other area groups — will take part in that event.


Grafton VFW Post 3341 will host the annual Memorial Day parade. The parade will step off at noon Monday. Lineup is 11 a.m. at the Grafton Police Station on Mechanic Street. The ceremony will be in front of the town hall on Main Street where special guests “The Soldiers of History” will perform. For more information, call the post at (440) 926-3341 after 2 p.m.


The Black River High School Marching Band will perform for Memorial Day services set for noon Sunday at township facilities at state routes 58 and 162. Following the ceremony, a light lunch will be available.


The annual Memorial Day parade will be 11 a.m. Monday. The lineup for the parade will be at the Keystone Middle School and continue to the Veteran’s Monument on the square where a wreath will be placed on the soldiers monument. The march will continue to Veterans Park. The invocation will be given by Drew Boden of Boy Scout Troop 118. Special guest speaker will be Mayor Kim Strauss.


The Lorain Veterans Council Memorial Committee will place flags on graves Friday at Elmwood Cemetery at 9 a.m., at 10 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery, and at Ridge Hill Cemetery at a time to be determined.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, the annual Lorain Community Memorial Service saluting veterans who have passed since last Memorial Day will be held at the Lorain Palace Theatre. Admission is free.

On Monday, there will be a 7:30 a.m. service at Ridge Hill Cemetery sponsored by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 20 at the main flagpole; at 8:30 a.m. at Elmwood Cemetery sponsored by the American Legion Post 30 at the Veterans Memorial; and at 9 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery sponsored by the AMVETS Post 47 near the entrance.

On Monday, the annual Memorial Day Parade will start 11 a.m. on Broadway. IAV Post No. 1, AMVETS Post 47, VFW Post 451 also will host events — contact the posts for more details. For information, call James P. Gallagher at (440) 714-4925 or Jane Baran at (440) 244-4646.


The public is invited to breakfast 7 to 10 a.m. Monday at American Legion Post, 185 N. Main St.

During this time, the Legion color guard will perform the Memorial Day salute at 8:45 a.m. at the Grove Street Cemetery, and at 9 a.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery.

The parade will start 10 a.m. and will go from the Legion to Memorial Park (located next to the Library on South Main Street), under the direction of John Roeder, Officer of the day.

A special part of this year’s parade is that an I-beam from the World Trade Center will travel the parade route.

The Legion will post the colors, and placing of the wreath will be by Legion Auxiliary president Pam Martovitz and Poppy girl Maci Campo.

The combined high school/junior high bands will play the National Anthem. The Rev. Cathy Ake of the New London United Methodist Church will offer the invocation.

The address will be given by Legion commander Richard Smothers.

The rifle salute and taps will follow, and the Rev. Doug Lang, pastor of the New London Christian and Missionary Alliance, will offer the benediction.


North Ridgeville will have a Memorial Day parade starting 10 a.m. Monday that will proceed west along Center Ridge Road from its assembly point in the parking lot of the Marc’s store at 34800 Center Ridge Road. A Memorial Day ceremony will immediately follow the parade at Ranger Stadium adjacent to the school.


There will be a 21-gun salute and other Memorial Day observances at 9 a.m. Monday in Wright Park at Main and Vine streets as American Legion Post 102 and VFW Post 656 commemorate those who have died in service to this country. As a special feature this year, 96 American flags will fly along Main and College streets in memory of the 96 Oberlin men who died during the Civil War to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the war.


The annual South Amherst Memorial Day Parade will begin 10 a.m. Monday and proceed down state Route 113 to Evergreen Cemetery. At the cemetery, ceremonies will include dedication of a memorial stone donated by the family of U.S. Army Staff Sergeant James P. Hunter, a Firelands High School graduate killed in Afghanistan in June 2010. Units from the Girl Scouts, the Firelands Marching Band, the Stargel Family Singers, Echoing Buglers, Veterans Firing Squad, South Amherst Safety Forces and South Amherst American Legion Post 197 will take part. Everyone is invited to attend.


The Vermilion Veterans Council and its auxiliary will gather 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Lake Road Cemetery at MacKenzie Woods, followed by an event at 4:15 p.m. at Vermilion High School.

The Veterans Council will meet 7 a.m. Monday at American Legion Post 397 for coffee and doughnuts, followed by an 8 a.m. event at Exchange Park at U.S. Route 6 and Main Street, and a 9 a.m. observance at Maple Grove Cemetery. A parade will form 10 a.m. on Ferry Street, followed by an 11 a.m. service at Victory Park on state Route 60 featuring Ohio AMVETS State Commander William Nolter as guest speaker.


The Wakeman American Legion Post 689 will start Monday’s ceremonies at 6:45 a.m. by assembling near Wakeman Congregational Church and 7 a.m. will march to the front of the old school on River Street for the presentation and raising of the flag by Boy Scout Troop 242 and Cub Scout Packs 238 and 246 with Girl Scouts and Brownies. Afterward, there will be an invocation, a performance by the Western Reserve High School band, the placing of memorial wreaths, the presentation of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address by Andrew Dillon, and a Memorial Day address by Specialist Michael Day of the 945 Engineer Co. from Norwalk who has been deployed to Baghdad. All are invited to a pancake and sausage breakfast after the service at the American Legion Hall. Servings will run through 9:15 a.m.


Veterans and others will gather in front of Village Hall at 10:30 a.m. Monday for the Memorial Day ceremony. A parade will march to Greenwood Cemetery on Cemetery Road, where the graves of veterans will be decorated at 6 p.m. Friday. The Women’s Relief Corps will be honored as part of the ceremony this year. The Spirit of ’76 Fife and Drum Corps, the Wellington High School Marching Band and student orators also will take part.

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