This story has been edited to reflect the following correction: The York Township parade starts at 3 p.m. Sunday.
A variety of Memorial Day events and ceremonies are scheduled across Medina County.
Parades are planned for Brunswick, Medina, Wadsworth, Lodi, Seville, Spencer, Westfield Center, Chatham Township, Hinckley Township, Valley City and Sharon Township.
Here are the details:
- Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, 10175 Rawiga Road, Rittman, will hold a Memorial Day ceremony to honor the nation’s fallen heroes at noon. Special keynote speaker will be Christine Runkle, a Gold Star mother. Runkle’s son John Runkle was killed in Afghanistan, on May 26, 2011, while serving in the U.S. Army.
- York Township Parade, kicks off at 3 p.m., from the York United Methodist Church, 6566 Norwalk Road, to the cemetery.
- Brunswick VFW Post 9520 and the American Legion Post 234 will hold a Memorial Day program at 10 a.m. at Visintainer Middle School, 1459 Pearl Road, followed by a parade to Westview Cemetery.
- Chatham Township, 10 a.m. with memorial service at the Chatham Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Hall, 6299 Avon Lake Road, followed by a parade to the Veterans Memorial in the center of town before returning to the Memorial Hall.
- Granger Township activities begin at 9 a.m. with a parade from Highland Middle School, 3880 Ridge Road to Granger Fairview Cemetery, 1627 Wilbur Road.
- Hinckley Township parade begins at 9 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Church, 1088 Ridge Road, and ends at the township hall, 1410 Ridge Road.
- Lodi American Legion Post 52, 120 Bank St., will host a parade at 9 a.m. from the Legion Hall through the center of town to Woodlawn Cemetery on Medina Street.
- Medina festivities begin at the Medina County Courthouse on Public Square with a brief ceremony at 10 a.m. and a parade to Spring Grove Cemetery, 115 N. Spring Grove St., for a special ceremony.
- Seville parade begins at 1 p.m. in front of First Baptist Church, 22 E Main St.
- Sharon Township parade begins at 9 a.m. The Sharon Center United Methodist Church, 6407 Ridge Road., will host a pancake breakfast 7-11 a.m., with proceeds to benefit the Highland Support Network. Meal is by donation.
- Spencer parade kicks off at 9 a.m. at School Lane and state Route 162 and will conclude at Spencer Cemetery (Route 162), where a ceremony will be held. Spencer Firemen’s Association’s is holding its annual Memorial Day pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. at Spencer Town Hall, 112 N. Main St. Breakfast is by donation.
- Valley City parade steps off at 11 a.m. from the Township Community Center, 6801 School St.
- Wadsworth parade steps off at 10:30 a.m. in front of the Wadsworth Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 121 Main St, and proceeds to Woodlawn Cemetery, 200 College St., where retired Navy CDR Mike Kovack will speak. Wadsworth Fire and EMS will be serving pancakes from 7 a.m. to noon at Station 1, 153 N Lyman St.
- Westfield Center’s parade begins at 11 a.m. at Smucker Drive and ends at Westfield Cemetery, on Friendsville Road just south of state Route 224. At the conclusion of the parade, at Westfield Cemetery, Benjamin Frayser will deliver the Memorial Day veterans’ tribute, re-creating portions of a speech Garfield gave at Arlington National Cemetery’s first Memorial Day observance in 1868.
Closings and other observances
Medina, Brunswick and Wadsworth city halls will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Rubbish collection in those cities will be delayed by one day for the week of May 27, with collection occurring Tuesday through Saturday.
Medina County offices will also be closed Monday. Medina County Solid Waste District is also closed. Normal hours resume Tuesday.