Plans set for Bay Village Memorial Day parade
It is that time of year, when we think about summer and look forward to Memorial Day weekend. While many think of this as a “holiday” it is really a “remembrance” day meant to remember all the men and women who have served our country and have passed away.
This year the Bay Village Memorial Day Parade will be on Monday, May 27. The parade timetable is as follows:
- 8:00 a.m.: Participants assemble in Huntington Beach parking lot on Lake Road
- 8:45 a.m.: March west on Lake Road to Lakeside Cemetery
- 9:00 a.m.: Ceremony at Lakeside Cemetery
- 9:15 a.m.: March east on Lake Road to the Cahoon Park gazebo
- 9:45 a.m.: Ceremony at Cahoon Park
Many veterans, organization members, scouts and city leaders will march in the parade to the cemetery, where VFW Junior Vice Commander Jack Steward will welcome all and introduce Pastor Seth Bridger of Messiah Lutheran Church, who will deliver a message regarding the contributions veterans have made to our country. Jack Stewart will read the names of all the veterans buried at this cemetery, from the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War and World War One.
The Bay High Band will play appropriate music throughout the parade and at all the presentations.
The parade will re-form and journey to the Rose Garden, where the leaders of the veteran groups will be introduced. Mayor Paul Koomar will introduce the City Council and city officials.
Past Legion Commander Jim Potter will introduce the students from Bay High who have been selected for Girls and Boys State attendance and those students that have received VFW awards for their essays.
The Memorial Day speaker will be American Legion District Commander John Murphy.
Following the District Commander's presentation, Potter will read the names of the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice of their lives for our country from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. A 21-gun salute will be fired and taps will be played.
The ceremonies will conclude with the playing of patriotic music by the Bay Middle School Band.
Veterans and their families are invited to a complimentary breakfast at the Legion Post 385 on Cahoon Road following the ceremony.