University Heights and Cleveland Heights plan Memorial Day events
On Monday, May 27, the cities of University Heights and Cleveland Heights will observe Memorial Day with a parade (UH) and ceremony of remembrance (CH).
In University Heights, the city’s 47th annual Memorial Day parade will begin at 11 a.m. From its starting point at Silsby Road near Farland Road, the parade will travel east on Silsby to Belvoir Boulevard. There it turns south to end at John Carroll University (JCU).
At the parade’s end, at approximately noon, a memorial program will be held on the steps of the JCU Natatorium. Bishop Neal Buckon , a University Heights native who served as an active duty officer in the U.S. Army for seven years, will speak at the program.
In her May newsletter, UH Mayor Susan Infeld noted, “We are honored to welcome Bishop Neal Buckon home as speaker for the 47th Memorial Day parade and program as we honor those who gave their lives in service to our Country and for our freedom.”
The annual Cleveland Heights Memorial Day Ceremony to remember and honor all who have served and those who have given their lives will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial in Cumberland Park (at the intersection of Mayfield and Cumberland roads, across from the Cleveland Heights Community Center).
The Cleveland Heights High School Band will perform this year, as will the All-Generations Band—a Cleveland Heights tradition.
As a highlight of the ceremony, all veterans will be recognized and invited to come forward to share their military experiences. Students from Monticello Middle School will share their winning essays on the topic “As an American, What Does Memorial Day Mean to Me?”
The city encourages veterans, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, schools, neighborhood associations, church groups and all residents to participate in the ceremony “as we remember those who have given their lives in service to our country.” For more information, call 216-291-2323.
Kim Sergio Inglis
Kim Sergio Inglis is editor-in-chief of the Heights Observer. She lives in the Shaker Farm Historic District in Cleveland Heights.