Portage County-area Memorial Day events

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Atwater
The Atwater Memorial Day Parade will be held on May 26 and the parade will start to line up at 11 a.m. at Bank Street. The parade will start at 12:15 p.m. and proceed to the Town Hall for the Memorial Day Service. World War II Veterans will be highlighted at the service.

Aurora
An American Legion Ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. May 26 at Veterans Memorial Park. Parade begins at 10 a.m. and travels from the park to Aurora Cemetery.

Charlestown
Charlestown will observe Memorial Day on May 25 with a parade at 11 a.m. and a service at the cemetery to follow. Charlestown United Methodist Church will have an abbreviated worship service at 9:30 a.m. Line-up for the parade begins at 10:15 a.m. at the park.

Deerfield
Following the Memorial Day parade on May 26, the historical society would like to invite the public to an open house. The society has been busy renovating two houses on the east side of the Deerfield Circle -- the Lane house and the Everette house. You are welcome to view their work from 10 a.m. to noon. The old town hall will also be open for touring.

Edinburg
Memorial Day Parade on May 26. Line up is at 10 a.m. and parade starts at 11 a.m. Parade route is from Rock Spring Road west on Tallmadge Road then north on S.R. 14 to the Edinburg Cemetery for a memorial service. Edinburg United Church will host its annual Carl G. Wadsworth Memorial breakfast starting at 8 a.m. Pancakes, sausage, eggs, fruit and juice will be served until 10 a.m. There is no cost for the breakfast, but donations are appreciated.

Garrettsville
Garrettsville's annual Memorial Day parade will begin with a 9 a.m. May 26 service at the veterans memorial on Maple Avenue prior to the parade step-off at 9:30 a.m. The parade will move through downtown from Maple Avenue to S.R. 88, then to Main Street and Center Street before finishing at Park Cemetery where a final service will be conducted.

Kent
The.annual Memorial Day parade in downtown Kent, conducted by the Kent American Legion, will begin at 10 a.m. May 26 with participants assembling on East Main Street at the intersection between DePeyster and Willow streets at 9 a.m. Check-ins will take place at Main Street Auto Center, 201 E. Main St.

Mantua Township
The dedication of a new war memorial is being planned by Matt Parsons. His plan for the ceremony will include Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and the Mantua-Shalersville Fire Department. The new memorial has been completed at S.R. 82 and Mantua Center Road, where the ceremony will take place at noon on May 26.

Mogadore
Line up for the parade starts at 9:30 a.m. May 26. The parade will step off at 10 a.m from Bradley Street, go north on South Cleveland Avenue, west on Mogadore Road to Greenwood Cemetary. The parade will last about 15 minutes. South Cleveland Avenue will be closed from Prospect Avenue to Mogadore Road and Mogadore Road will be closed from South Cleveland Avenue to Gilchrist Road.

Palmyra
Service at Palmyra West Cemetery at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.

Paris
1 p.m., May 25, Memorial Day observance in Hawley Cemetery.

Randolph
The 53rd Randolph Memorial Day Parade will be held on May 26 and the parade will start at 10 a.m. Parade participants and floats should line up by 9:30 a.m. at the Randolph Ball Fields parking lot at 3636 Waterloo Road. Public parking will not be permitted in the parade assembly area. The parade will proceed from the ball fields east on Waterloo Road to the Randolph Town Hall for the Memorial Day Service. The Randolph Fire Department will host the pancake and sausage breakfast in the fire station prepared by the firefighters. The breakfast will start at 7 a.m. Proceeds will go to the Randolph Fire Department. Also other groups will have displays around the Town Hall area.

Ravenna
The Ravenna Memorial Day Association hopes to make Memorial Day 2014 a community event. The group seeks participation of veteran, civic, social and youth organizations in Portage County. Again this year, the group would like to expand parade participation to any interested group. The 2014 Memorial Day parade will be May 26. Participants should sign in at 8:30 a.m. at American Legion Post No. 331, 109 Elm St., at East Main Street. The parade steps off at 10 a.m. The parade starts on East Main and heads west to the Portage County Courthouse, where there will be a short service at the Veterans Memorial. The parade will then continue on to Maple Grove Cemetery on North Chestnut Street. There will be a memorial service at the cemetery also. After the service, the Memorial Day Association will host a luncheon at the American Legion. The luncheon is open to all parade participants and veterans. Anyone interested in being in the parade may contact Sharon Oostdyk at 330-654-2228 or Steve Summers at 330-801-1027.

Rootstown
The annual Rootstown Memorial Day parade and flag raising, sponsored by the Rootstown Lions Club, will step off from Marks Avenue beginning at 10 a.m. Monday. Line-up begins at 8:30 a.m. for all parade participants. "All Gave Some, Some Gave All" is the theme of this May's parade as it travels east on Tallmadge Road and makes its way to Homeland Cemetery. The Rootstown High School marching band and the Rootstown Fire Company will headline a large group of categories including adult floats, youth floats, marching units, business units, animal units and antique and classic vehicles.

Shalersville
The township will hold traditional Memorial Day Ceremonies May 24 at Riverside Cemetery on S.R. 303. The event will begin with a parade at 10 a.m. that steps off at the Save 4 Store. Ceremonies will follow and include speakers and a patriotic decorated bicycle contest.

Streetsboro
Streetsboro's 2014 Memorial Day parade will step off at 1 p.m. May 25.

Suffield
Dave Duma is this year's Parade Grand Marshal. The parade line up starts at 1 p.m. Monday with the parade start at 2 p.m. at Catherine Street and proceeds west on Waterloo Road to the Suffield Elementary School. Young people are encouraged to decorate and ride their bikes in the parade.

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