Memorial Day Parade to remember those who serve

Members of the parade committee: (left to right) Eileen Smotzer, parade chair; Mayor Susan Infeld; Councilman Phil Ertel; and Pete Bernardo. Not pictured: Jim Price, Jerry Jacobs and Annie Rawlinson. Photo by Anita Kazarian.

“University Heights is going to have the biggest and best Memorial Day parade ever this year,” promises Mayor Susan Infeld. 

The committee met on April 13 and announced this year’s theme—Remembering Those Who Serve. “It honors those in the military, and also our safety forces and volunteers who serve the community,” said Parade Committee Chairperson Eileen Smotzer.

For the third consecutive year, a musical extravaganza will take place after the parade, at John Carroll University. The University Heights Symphonic Band will play traditional patriotic music, and Men of Independence and OC Cash Orchestra will perform music from the 1950s.

Follow the parade to John Carroll University and enjoy food and beverages, pony rides, clowns, dancing and a special Memorial Day program.

New this year is the Cornhole Tournament. Smotzer urges all UH Cornhole “warriors” to consider putting up a team for an elimination tourney, beginning with 16 teams. Smotzer also invites adventurous friends and neighbors to put together a “Lawn Chair Stomp Band” for the festivities.

Everyone is welcome to attend the next meeting of the Parade Committee on May 11, at 5:30 p.m., at University Heights City Hall.

Anita Kazarian is a community volunteer.

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 12:59 PM, 04.23.2010