(WJW) – Memorial Day in Northeast Ohio is a special one for honoring our nation’s soldiers lost in war.
Communities across the area come together to give their thanks and show their respect to the fallen.
The Village of Chagrin Falls held a traditional ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery Monday.
The ceremony included tributes by the VFW and American Legion as well as a recitation of the Gettysburg Address by Ethan Nielsen.
The keynote address was given by Michael McClurg, a Marine who has served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, the Philippines, and Indonesia.
His awards include the Purple Heart, two Bronze Star medals with combat distinguishing service, and the Navy and Marine Corps Medal.
In Seven Hills, the city’s Memorial Day parade left the Columbkille Church at 10:30 a.m.
Parade participants included the Red Hackle Pipes and Drum, Cub Scout packs 216 and 470, Girl Scout troops 70219 and 70309, along with marching bands from Padua, Parma, and Normandy High Schools
The Seven Hills Paramedic Rescue Unit and city officials were also on hand.
Brecksville residents hit the streets at 9 a.m. to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice while in the armed forces. Many turned out to watch the parade, which included several trucks with American flags.
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The ceremony was held at East Lake City Hall.
The City of Parma Heights held its 154th Memorial Day celebration Monday morning on the lawn of Parma South Presbyterian Church. They then held a wreath-laying at the Parma Heights Cemetery.