Step-off begins at City Hall at 10 am
Memorial Day is very special in Brecksville. Of course it’s the first holiday weekend of the summer season, but in Brecksville Memorial Day is truly honored by many residents for what it was meant to be a time when the community comes together in large numbers to honor the brave women and men who have given their lives in the service of our country and in the preservation of our freedom.
At long last the traditional Memorial Day parade and cemetery observance are back. The parade will begin at 10:00 am on Monday, May 30 and progress from City Hall to Highland Drive Cemetery. The parade will include the Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School Marching Band and the carrying of the City’s 20’ X 38’ American flag. It takes 30 people to carry the flag. If you would like to help carry it please call Human Services at 440-526-2499. Residents traditionally follow the end of the parade to the cemetery for the program of remembrance which immediately follows the parade.
The guest speaker during the program will be Garfield Heights Municipal Court Judge Sergio DiGeronimo, former Brecksville City Prosecutor and Assistant Law Director. (Brecksville is in the Garfield Court District.) Playing a prominent role in the parade and cemetery service each year are members of Brecksville’s American Legion Excelsior Post 196 and the Women’s Auxiliary unit.
Another important aspect of Memorial Day each year is that Mayor Hruby takes special pride in honoring Brecksville soldiers, sailors and airmen by inviting all veterans, reservists and active duty personnel to walk in the parade wearing all or a portion of their uniforms. At the Highland Drive Cemetery observance all veterans and present day military personnel are asked to step forward and be recognized by those attending. They are always met with warm applause and appreciation by the audience for their service and dedication to our country.
Refreshments will be served at the fire station after the cemetery program.
Mayor Hruby urges community groups to join the parade. Contact Kristen Kouri at the Mayor’s office at 440-526-4351 to participate. Please use the application below.