Memorial Day to be celebrated in Bay with annual parade
The Bay Village American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Viet Nam Veterans will celebrate Memorial Day with the annual parade on Lake Road on Monday, May 29. Starting from the Huntington Reservation parking lot at 8:45 a.m., the parade will travel west to Lakeside Cemetery, where Bay United Methodist pastor Rev. Jonathon McClerry will offer an opening prayer and deliver his Memorial Day Homily.
VFW Vice-Commander Jack Stewart will read the names of the veterans from the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War and World War I, buried at the cemetery and members of the Bluebirds will place flowers on the graves of the veterans. The Legion Rifle Squad will offer a 21-gun salute. Taps and "The Star Spangled Banner" will be played by the Bay High School band, under the direction of Mr. Darren Allen; following there will be a release of white doves. Rev. McClerry will then offer benediction and the parade will proceed east to the Gazebo.
At the Gazebo, Legion Past Commander Jim Potter will welcome guests and introduce Bay Village Mayor Paul Koomar who will introduce the members of City Council, the school board and the chiefs of police and fire. Legion and Kiwanis delegates for the Buckeye Boys and Girls State programs will then be introduced as well as the VFW Voice of Democracy and Military Grant winners.
Patrick McLaughlin, the 2012 Outstanding Veteran of the Year in Cuyahoga County, will deliver the Memorial Day official address. Mr. Potter will then read the names of the veterans who made the supreme sacrifice of their lives for our country from World War II, the Korean War and the Viet Nam War. The Legion will salute the dead with a 21-gun salute. Taps will then be sounded and the Bay Middle School band will play "The Star Spangled Banner." Pastor McClerry will close the ceremony with a benediction.
All are asked to remain to hear patriotic music provided by the Bay Middle School band under the direction of Mr. Mark Awad.