Memorial Day weekend activities begin today at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with area Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts adorning the graves of each veteran with memorial flags.
The public is invited to attend a grave-decorating ceremony, starting at 10 a.m. The entrance to the cemetery — one of only two national veterans cemeteries in Ohio — is at 10175 Rawiga Road, Rittman.
On Sunday, a memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. at the cemetery, with Diana Ohman, director of Memorial Service Network IV, giving the keynote address.
A list of Memorial Day activities and events from around Medina County follows:
Brunswick — Memorial Day parade begins 10 a.m. Monday at Visintainer Middle School, 1459 Pearl Road, and ends at Westview Cemetery with a short memorial service. Another service will be held after the parade at Eastlawn Cemetery. The master of ceremonies for both services will be Tom Chester, commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9520.
Medina — Memorial Day parade begins 10 a.m. Monday on Public Square and ends at Spring Grove Cemetery. A short ceremony will follow at the Veteran’s Memorial highlighted by a speech by Vietnam veteran Randy Schmidt.
Wadsworth — Memorial Day parade begins 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 21 Main St., marches to Woodlawn Cemetery and returns to the VFW hall for a short ceremony, where the names of veterans who have died in the past year will be read.
Granger — Activities begin 9 a.m. Monday with a parade from Highland Middle School to Granger Fairview Cemetery. Speaker for the event will be Medina County Juvenile Judge John J. Lohn. Open houses will follow at the Granger Fire Station, 3737 Ridge Road, and the Granger Library and Historical Society, 1261 Granger Road.
Hinckley — The parade begins 9 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Grace Church, 1088 Ridge Road, and ends behind the fire station with a short wreath-laying ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park. Additional activities include an address by Medina County Commissioner Adam Friedrick and a ceremony honoring Citizen of the Year Charles Gibson.
Litchfield — Activities include a 1:30 p.m. Memorial Day service Sunday at the township gazebo followed by a community walk to the township cemetery. Light refreshments will be provided after the walk.
Sharon — Activities start 9 a.m. Monday with a parade from the Ruhlin Co., 6931 Ridge Road, north toward Sharon Circle. There will be a ceremony on the circle where the names of fallen veterans will be read.
York — Activities begin 3 p.m. Sunday with a parade starting at York Methodist Church, 6566 Norwalk Road, and ending at Mallet Creek Cemetery where there will be a short ceremony. Hot dogs and beverages will be provided at the fire station, 6609 Norwalk Road, with Smokey the Bear and Patches the Dog in attendance. The York Township Historical Society will sell ice cream cones at the event.
Chippewa Lake — A “golf cart parade” starts 7 p.m. Sunday on Beachside Boulevard and ends on Bungalow Bay Boulevard. An ice cream social will follow.
Lodi — Activities kick off 9 a.m. Monday at the American Legion post with a parade to Woodlawn Cemetery. A short ceremony will be highlighted by a speech by Mayor Robert Geissman.
Seville — The Memorial Day parade starts 1 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church parking lot.
Spencer — The Memorial Day parade begins 9 a.m. Monday on School Drive and ends at the Veteran’s Memorial in Spencer Cemetery. A short ceremony highlighted by a speech by former sheriff Neil Hassinger will follow.
Westfield Center — Activities begin 11 a.m. Monday with a parade from New Village Park to Westfield Township Cemetery. Following the parade will be a ceremony highlighted by a keynote address by Medina Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5137 Commander Jack Forster.
Liberty program — Lodi United Methodist Church, 320 Medina St., hosts its annual Festival of Liberty 7 p.m. Sunday. A multichurch choir will perform.
Pancake breakfast — Boy Scout Troop 501 will serve its annual Memorial Day pancake breakfast 7:30 to 10 a.m. Monday at United Church of Christ on the northeast corner of Medina’s Public Square. This is the second year that Troop 501, which is chartered by Medina United Methodist Church, has held the breakfast at UCC. Tickets are $5 each. Veterans and children age 4 and younger eat free.
According to AAA, approximately 34.8 million Americans, including 1.31 Ohioans, are expected to travel at least 50 miles to celebrate Memorial Day this year.
• Only 38 percent of people plan to alter their travel plans because of increased gas prices.
• Memorial Day holiday travel volume is expected to more than 34.7 million people.
• The most popular destination for Ohioans on Memorial Day weekend is Myrtle Beach, S.C. Other popular destinations are Hilton Head, S.C.; Orlando, Fla.; and Washington D.C.
• Cedar Point and the Hocking Hills region are popular Ohio destinations.