Area veterans groups gear up to mark Memorial Day

by Ron Seman Published:

Area communities will observe Memorial Day with parades, speeches and programs on Monday, May 27.

Men and women veterans who died in this nation's many wars and conflicts will be uppermost in the minds and hearts of grateful Americans on this special day, as it should be.

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Joe Jasany, commander of Twinsburg VFW Post 4929, tells me that the city's annual Memorial Day parade and service will be sponsored by the post and ladies auxiliary, led by President Sheila Kress.

The 68th annual parade will form at Twinsburg High School at 10 a.m. May 27, and will step off at 10:30 a.m. on its march to the Twinsburg Square. The parade will feature many decorated floats, vehicles, bicycles, and a variety of other participants.

The program will feature a keynote address by Command Sergeant Major Martin Mieras, Jr., who is a 1982 graduate of Twinsburg High School. He is a member of the Army's 338th Training Battalion, based in Indiana.

Anyone interested in joining the parade or program can obtain more details and information by calling 330-425-2752.

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In the Nordonia Hills area, VFW Post 6768 will conduct its annual service and parade starting at 10 a.m., says parade marshal Gene Timbers.

Assembly is at 9 a.m. May 27 at the St. Barnabas Church parking lot. Featured speaker at the Northfield-Macedonia Cemetery is David J. Pristach, U.S. Army captain (Ret.). He was awarded the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Purple Heart for his distinguished service,

Post Cmdr. Joe Scherma invites parade participants and residents to attend a light lunch following the observance at VFW Post 6768, located at 8584 Olde Eight Road in Northfield.

Questions? Call Timbers at 216-978-2381.

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Members of Mantua American Legion Post 193 and Ladies Auxiliary will hold Memorial Day services in Shalersville on May 25. They will meet there at 9 a.m. at the Save 4 Store parking lot to line up for step-off time. The parade will march to the Riverside Cemetery for services.

On May 27, Post 193 and Auxiliary will gather at the Main Street University Hospital Clinic in Mantua at 9 a.m. to organize for step-off time at 9:30 a.m. for the village activities. The parade will march down Main Street to Prospect Street, then travel over the hill to the Hillside Cemetery. Following the services, participants will continue to Mantua Center at the Westlawn Cemetery approximately 10:45 a.m.

The first-rate Crestwood High School band will provide the music for all of the activities.

Post Cmdr. Mark C. Gray and President Dorothy A. Brady invite all veterans and current military men and women to participate in the parades.

Following Monday's services there will be a lunch for those parading veterans, auxiliary and spouses at the post home after the Mantua Center activities. The jeeps and trailer will be available for those who cannot walk. Reminder for those on the sideline. Show your support by saluting Old Glory as it passes your house or street. Take time to remember and honor our heroes with everyone on this day of tribute to our veterans. Wear your poppies.

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As we come to honor and express our love for those who made the supreme sacrifice -- that our nation might remain free -- let us never forget that they gave their all for us, for love of country and love of God.

Please join me in praying for our servicemen and women in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Let us ask God to keep them safe and free from harm, and to bless their families who await their safe return.

Let us pray for the men and women who died in all of this nation's wars -- all of whom rightfully have earned the title of hero and patriot.

May God continue to bless them, to bless all of us, and to bless our beloved and magnificent land of the free and the home of the brave.

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