Memorial Day weekend events in northwest OH and southeast MI

Toledo Parade

The annual Memorial Day parade is Saturday at 10 a.m. in downtown Toledo.


Clay Memorial

WWII veteran and Clay High School class of 1944 veteran William J. Moritz along with students at Clay will dedicate a Memorial Day display at 11 a.m. in front of the school.


Harley's Heroes

Military veterans in the NW Ohio/SE Michigan area can receive free counseling and assistance with their government benefits when Harley-Davidson and Disabled American Veterans (DAV) bring the Harley's Heroes program to the Signature Harley-Davidson dealership from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, May 26 and Toledo Harley-Davidson from 10am to 5pm on Sunday, May 27.

DAV National Service Officers will provide benefits counseling to those veterans who suffer from injuries or disabilities related to their military service but may have never filed a claim for benefits with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or have found it difficult working through the red tape.

Harley's Heroes is hosted in conjunction with Signature Harley-Davison's Military Appreciation Day on that Saturday. In addition to the free counseling, DAV pins will be available for a $5 donation and a full day of activities is planned:

10am - Blessing of the Bikes

Noon - Escorted 50 Mile Ride, Registration begins at 10:30am. Ride donations benefit Harley's Heroes DAV.

1-4pm - Live Music by Harley Packer Band

10am-3pm - Great Food by Dorr Street Café

Harley's Heroes is made possible with the help of a $1 million grant from the Harley-Davidson Foundation to Disabled American Veterans.

4TROOPS in Tiffin

Sponsor: Reineke Family Dealerships and Bridge Home Health & Hospice

When: Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Ticket Prices: $10 - $30

Where: The Ritz Theatre - 30 S. Washington St. - Tiffin, OH 44883

4TROOPS are United States combat veterans - three young men and one woman who served on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan. While overseas, music played a crucial and very personal role in all of their lives. They would sing at everything from large military events to more intimate settings, where they would jam in their bunk after a long day in the field and try to recall a slice of home. They also used their voices at somber occasions like memorial services, where they would sing to remember those that had been lost. 4TROOPS now come together for a singular purpose: to sing on behalf of all troops, to honor their sacrifices and to create awareness for their needs.


Civil War Fallen Soldiers Monument to be dedicated Sunday

The new Monroe County Civil War Fallen Soldiers Monument will be dedicated in ceremonies at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 27, in Soldiers and Sailors Park on E. Front St. east of Macomb St. in Monroe. The dedication is a part of numerous of activities scheduled to celebrate the dedication. The event is open to the public.

The first 1,000 people to visit the event will receive a keepsake monument dedication ribbon. From noon until 4 p.m. Sunday, numerous activities are planned at Soldiers and Sailors Park and at the historic Sawyer House (across the street from the park.)

Among the guests participating in the event are persons who pay tribute to President Abraham Lincoln and General George Armstrong Custer. Besides the involvement of its "adopted son," George Custer, Monroe County had a significant stake in the Civil War.

As small a population as Monroe County had in the 1860s, still 410 Monroe County residents were casualties of the war. Their names will be called out, followed by the ringing of a ship's bell after each name, starting at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Other educational and moving activities are:

• Civil War music concerts by the 5th Michigan Infantry Civil War band at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday.


Sylvania Parade

The annual Memorial Parade in downtown Sylvania is Monday, May 28 at 10 a.m.

Bowling Green Parade

The Bowling Green Memorial Day parade will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. The parade will begin at the parking lot at the federal building, 208 S. Main St. It will go north on Main Street with stops at Ben Franklin and the Cla-Zel where the 14th Ohio Volunteer Infantry and 3rd Arkansas Civil War re-enactment group will fire a volley. The parade will then continue on to the Wood County Courthouse for a service at the war memorial area with a salute by the 14th Ohio Volunteer Infantry and the 3rd Arkansas Civil War re-enactment firing squad. Next, the parade will continue east on Court Street to Thurstin Avenue and then turn north on Ridge Street, east on Ridge to Oak Grove Cemetery for service at the mound.

Adrian Parade

Under the direction of American Legion Post 97, the Memorial Day parade will form at the National Guard armory on West Maumee Street starting at 10:30 a.m. At 11 a.m. the procession will move east on Maumee to Monument Park for a ceremony.

Blissfield, MI Parade

The Memorial Day parade hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10912 begins at 11 a.m. from the post office on South Lane Street. The parade will proceed north toward U.S. 223 and make a short stop on the River Raisin bridge before continuing on to the Pleasant View Cemetery.


Major Michael Semmens, of JPAC "Joint POW/MIA Account Command" will be the Grand Marshall and speaker at this year's Memorial Day festivities in Swanton, on Monday May 28th 2012. This year's theme will follow with JPAC's motto, "Until They Are Home".

Ottawa Hills

9 a.m. at memorial Park Cemetrery. They will be reading the names of all veterans buried there, as well as all veterans who have died in the last year. Toledo Fire will be there with their vehicles, as well as the Zenobia Highlanders, local VFW and American Legion posts, boy scouts and clergy. There will also be a dove release. The cemetery is located at 4210 W. Central.

Catholic Cemeteries

Toledo Catholic cemeteries along with local War Veteran organizations will host Memorial Day festivities to honor deceased veterans on Monday, May 28th beginning with a 10:00 am Mass at each cemetery:

Resurrection Cemetery 5725 Hill Avenue, Toledo, OH

Mount Carmel Cemetery 15 East Manhattan Boulevard, Toledo, OH

Calvary Cemetery 2224 Dorr Street, Toledo, OH

East Toledo Memorial Day Flag Raising Ceremony

Jim Corbo, a readjustment therapist counselor with the Toledo Vet Center and a retired manager of mental health programs for the American Red Cross, will speak at the 79th Annual Memorial Day Flag Raising Ceremony sponsored by the East Toledo Club.

Due to a scheduling conflict, this year's ceremony will be held at the Christ Dunberger Post instead of Pearson Park. The Post is located on Pickle and Wynn Roads in Oregon. The Honor Guard will present the colors on Monday, May 28 at 7:30 a.m. followed by a breakfast. The public is invited.