Memorial Day events 2017

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – There are several Memorial Day events scheduled across the Valley.

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Wednesday, May 24

Girard Memorial Day Pot Luck Breakfast
The breakfast begins at 9 a.m. at the Girard Multi-Generational Center at 443 Trumbull Ave. Bring your favorite dish to share while honoring and remembering all who have served and continue to serve in our armed forces.

Sunday, May 28

Boardman Memorial Day Service
Good Hope Lutheran Church, 98 Homestead Blvd. in Boardman, will hold special Memorial Day services at 8 a.m, 9:30 a.m and 11 a.m. Services will honor soldiers who died during war. The expanded celebration includes crosses placed around the flagpole with the names of relatives of Good Hope’s members who were killed in service of our country in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Services will conclude outside at the flag pole for trumpet playing of “Taps.”

McDonald Memorial Day Service
The village will hold a Memorial Day service at 1 p.m. at the War Memorial.

Warren W.D. Packard Band Outdoor Memorial Day Concert
Free and open to the public, courtesy of the W.D. Packard Trust. Doors open one hour prior to the start of the show, which begins at 3 p.m. at Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. NW.

Monday, May 29

Boardman Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony
The 113th annual Boardman Township Memorial Day Parade will step off at 10 a.m. from the Boardman Center Intermediate School on Market Street. It then heads north on Market Street and east on Rt. 224 to Boardman Park. The Grand Marshal for the parade will be Boardman Police Patrolman and School Resource Officer Paul Poulos, who is a U.S. Army veteran. Officer Poulos will also be the featured speaker at several ceremonies in Boardman Park. A one-mile run will precede the parade at 9:30 a.m. beginning at the intersection of Route 224 and Route 7. Registration will be at the Walgreens on Market Street.

Brookfield Memorial Day Parade
The parade begins at 10 a.m. from the former Brookfield Middle School on Grove St. to the Veteran’s Memorial in the cemetery. A Memorial Day ceremony will take place with guest speaker, BHS & US Navel Academy Alumnus Dave English, Captain USMC. After, a community luncheon will be held at the Firehall, provided by the Ladies Fire Auxiliary.

Canfield Memorial Day Service
Services begin at 10 a.m. at the Gazebo on the Canfield Village Green, hosted by the American Legion Post 177. The featured speaker will be Richard Duffett, Canfield High School Class of 1977 and U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1981. Following, there will be a procession to the Canfield East Cemetery where a second brief ceremony will honor deceased Canfield veterans. Participants will then return to the Canfield War Vets Museum where a final ceremony will be held. Those attending are encouraged to bring a single, non-perishable food item which will be donated to area veterans in need by the Zion Lutheran Church Veterans Food Bank.

Campbell Memorial Day Service
American Legion Post 560 and city officials will host a service with guest speaker Anthony Traficanti. Services start at 10:30 a.m. at Campbell High School. Refreshments will be available following the service at Community Center at Roosevelt Park.

Champion Rotary Club Memorial Day Parade
The parade begins at 9 a.m. starting at St. William Church and ending at the Township Cemetery across from Central Elementary School, where there will then be a memorial service.

Columbiana Memorial Day Parade
Hosted by the American Legion Post 290 beginning at 10 a.m. Parade marches from Main Street to West Park Ave. to Firestone Cemetery.

Donald Lockett VFW Post 6488 and Ladies Auxiliary Memorial Day Observance
VFW Post 6488 and its Ladies Auxiliary will hold its annual Memorial Day observance at 1 p.m. at 2065 Coitsville-Hubbard Rd. in Youngstown. There will be a special tribute to the widows of their departed comrades, with Minister Allen Irizarry-Graves as the keynote speaker. The event is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be served.

East Palestine Memorial Day Parade
Sponsored by the George F. McBane Post 31 of the American Legion beginning at 11 a.m.

Girard Memorial Day Service
Service from 11 a.m. to noon at the Girard Union Cemetery, 1143 N State St. The service will include the following: invocation and benediction by Pastor Rhonda Gallagher, flag ceremony by Boy Scout Troop 40, National Anthem by Girard High School Marching Band, short biographies of deceased veterans read by Girard High School class presidents, American Legion Post 235 Honor Guard, rifle salute, Taps and Amazing Grace by bagpiper Leslie Kloc.

Greenford Ruritan Memorial Day Parade
The parade will start at 9 a.m. at Greenford Christian Church and end on State Route 165, with a service immediately after.

Hermitage Memorial Day Parade
The parade begins at Indian Run and goes to America’s Cemetery on East State Street. Road closures will be in place from about 9:30-11 a.m. during this time. Affected areas will be East State Street between North Hermitage Road and North Kerrwood Drive.

Howland Township Memorial Day Service
Howland American Legion Post 700 will be conducting a Memorial Day service, at the Howland Township Cemetery off state Route 46, at 10 a.m. Following Memorial Day service, American Legion Howland Post 700 will have an open house at 8273 High St.

Hubbard Memorial Day Honorary Procession
The procession will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the top of Princeton Ave., then will march to the Hubbard Union Cemetery for services and then march to the War Memorial at the Fire Station for services. In case of inclement weather, services will be held at the Hubbard Administration Building, 220 West Liberty Street, at 10 a.m.

Kinsman Memorial Day Ceremony
Dr. Robert Snyder, author of the children’s book, “What is a Veteran, Anyway?”, will be the Memorial Day speaker for Kinsman American Legion Post 506. Memorial Day services will begin with the raising of the flag on the Square in Kinsman followed by a short walk to the Kinsman Cemetery to honor those that have lost their lives in service. Snyder will speak at approximately noon in the auditorium at Joseph Badger School Complex, State Route 7.  Snyder will also be available for questions and will have copies of his book available for signings

Mercer Memorial Day 500
The 15th annual Mercer Memorial Day 500 will honor living and deceased veterans during the day-long events in Mercer, Pa. The schedule of events is as follows:

  • 8:30 a.m.: 5K race through the flags. Register at 8 a.m. at the post office
  • 9 a.m.: Opening ceremony, race winners and honoree introductions at the Courthouse Bandstand
  • 9-11 a.m.: Military Expo at the north side of the courthouse
  • 9:30 a.m. – noon: Concessions available
  • 10 a.m.: Prayer service at the old Mercer Graveyard (next to Shannon’s Kandy Kitchen)
  • 10-11 a.m.: Brett Allen Morgan is the showcase entertainer at the Courthouse Bandstand
  • 11 a.m.: Memorial Parade goes from Putt to Venango to South Street
  • Noon: Memorial Salute three blocks south of the courthouse in the Mercer Citizen’s Cemetery

Mercer V.F.W. Balloon Ceremony
The Auxiliary of the Mercer V.F.W. Post 6345 will gather with local Girl and Boy Scout troops, friends, families and community members for the 7th annual release of special honorary balloons decorated with the names, rank and dates of local soldiers killed in action in the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The ceremony will take place at Mercer V.F.W., 432 Erie St., Mercer, PA at 9 a.m. immediately following the raising of the flag. This event is open to the public.

Mercer WWII Photo Display 
Photos of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be displayed at the 15th annual Mercer Memorial Day 500. They will be exhibited from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the former Ben Bissett Chevrolet building across from the Mercer Borough office on North Pitt Street. The photos are a collection from Mercer historian Jeffrey Johnson, who was part of the 9th Photographic Technical Squadron that developed the pictures while stationed in Guam in August 1945. Johnson will be available to answer questions between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., and the photos will later be presented to the National Museum of U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton.

Mosquito Lake Chase
The 5K and 1-mile fun run begins at 9 a.m. at Maplewood High School on Greenville Road in Cortland. Proceeds go to the Oscar Gant Scholarship Fund. and other Maplewood Running Rockets activities. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. You can also register online.

New Middletown Memorial Day Parade and Service
Parade line-up will be at the old elementary school on Main Street at 9 a.m. Kickoff will be at 9:30 a.m. and will travel south to the Springfield High School stadium where a veteran memorial is located. A service with speakers, “Taps” and a 21 gun salute will honor area veterans.

North Jackson Memorial Day Parade
North Jackson’s annual Memorial Day Parade will step off at 9 a.m. from the former high school’s parking area to the North Jackson Cemetery. Participants should arrive at 8 a.m. for line up. A brief flag raising ceremony will be held at the Vietnam Memorial at the west end of the football field at 8:45 a.m. The parade’s marshal will be Joe Burnside and the speaker will be Lee Keck.

Poland Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony
The parade begins at 10 a.m., starting on Cortland Street to S. Main Street. The parade will stop on the bridge for a ceremony honoring those lost at sea and then continue to Riverside Cemetery for a brief ceremony.

Warren Memorial Day Community Picnic
Picnic will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Perkins Park, off Mahoning Avenue NW. Free food, games and a raffle sponsored by Love Charity Alms. For more information, call 330-360-9474.

Warren Memorial Day Parade
From 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Warren Community Amphitheatre, 321 Mahoning Avenue NW. Annual wreath casting and parade in honor of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Wreath casting takes place at the Mahoning River near the Warren Community Amphitheatre. Parade travels from Perkins Park to Oakwood Cemetery on Niles Road. In case of inclement weather, services will be held inside the First Presbyterian Church on Mahoning Avenue.

Warren Middle East Conflicts Memorial Dedication Ceremony
Beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Trumbull County Veterans Memorial Park on the corner of West Market Street and Mahoning Avenue NW. Dedication ceremony for the newly installed Middle East Conflicts Memorial at the Trumbull County Veterans Memorial Park. Eagle Scout Candidate Liam McGee will coordinate the ceremony, which will feature several Trumbull County Veterans organizations and Boy Scout troops. The memorial honors the sacrifices of service members in recent conflicts in the Middle East.