The Rootstown Lions Club will hold the township’s annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29.
The parade will kick off at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Loretta Avenue and Tallmadge Road and will conclude at Homeland Cemetery, located on the north side of Tallmadge Road at its intersection with Kenneth Drive, where there will be a ceremony and possibly a military flyover. State Rep. Gail Pavliga will speak at the ceremony.
“Usually in the parade are the fire department, township trustees, youth sports teams, Rootstown High School marching band, boy scouts and girl scouts and local churches,” township Vice Chair Dave McIntyre said. “There will be floats and vintage cars.”
The township also hung memorial banners on light poles around town. The banners, which include veterans’ photos and names, will be up through July 4. There are also 32 flower baskets throughout the center of town, which will be there until the fall.
“We doubled the amount of flower baskets from our first year doing it last year, and people loved it last year,” McIntyre said. “What I love most about the flower baskets and the banners is that it’s a community project. It’s the Lions Club, it’s the Rootstown Area Chamber of Commerce and it’s the Rootstown township trustees. The three different organizations have all gone in together to make this look beautiful.”
Paris Township’s annual Memorial Day ceremony is May 28 at Hawley Cemetery. Wayland Community Church Reverend Tom Holbrook is presenting the welcome speech and the closing/benediction. The Newton Falls VFW Post #3332 is posting the colors, Dan Spicer leads the Pledge of Allegiance and Memorial wreath placement, the Suzelis family is providing the musical selection, and Taps and Amazing Grace are performed by Jeff Markov on the trumpet and Paris EMT worker Ed Harrison on the bagpipes.
Deerfield Township’s annual Memorial Day parade will be held Monday, May 29. The parade will start at 9 a.m. at the Deerfield Township Fire Department, located at 9482 US-224, and conclude at Deerfield Cemetery, located at 9865 US-224, with a ceremony.
“In the parade will be all of our youth athletic teams, fire departments from Deerfield, Edinburg and Sebring and the Southeast High School marching band among others,” township Chair Ed Dean said.
Edinburg Township’s annual Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 29. The parade will start at 11 a.m. at the intersection of Rock Spring Road and Tallmadge Road and will conclude at Edinburg Township Cemetery on State Route 14, where a ceremony will be held.
“We usually have a veteran as the grand marshal,” township Trustee Chris Diehl said. “In the parade the boy scouts usually have a float, the baseball teams usually have a little float and the fire departments usually participate.”