ASHLAND -- Communities across Ashland County have decided to bring back more traditional Memorial Day parades and ceremonies this year.
Check out the list below to see what your community is planning.
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A parade will kick off at 10 a.m. on May 31. Participants will line up at Fourth Street at 9 a.m. They will proceed to Union Street and turn right on Main Street. The parade will end at the Ashland Cemetery, where the American Legion will host a ceremony.
Ashland Mayor Matt Miller will be the ceremony’s guest speaker.
Organizers are enrolling participants in the parade until Thursday, May 27. Call 419-289-3633 for more information.
The village’s parade begins at 11 a.m. on May 31. It begins at Hillsdale Middle School at 144 North High Street and will proceed down High Street to the Jeromesville Cemetery.
A ceremony will be held at the cemetery, where Thomas Welch will serve as the guest speaker. Following the ceremony, the Jeromesville Fire Department will host a drive-thru style chicken barbecue.
Call 419-368-6811 to preorder meals.
Loudonville’s parade will start at 9 a.m. May 31 on Wally Road, next to the Loudonville Water Plant.
The American Legion Post 257 Color Guard will stop at the Main Street bridge with a ceremony and 21-gun salute. After the brief pause, the parade will continue east on Main Street and stopping again at the memorial in Central Park for a second ceremony and 21-gun salute.
The parade will continue east on Main Street and will turn right onto Wood Street. The parade will end at the Loudonville Cemetery, where a guest speaker will give a speech, along with a third ceremony and 21-gun salute.
To be part of the parade, contact the Loudonville Mohican Chamber of Commerce at 419-994-4789 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The village’s parade will begin at 11 a.m. May 31 at the Mohican Haunted Schoolhouse along Third Street. It will end at the Union Cemetery on Bridge Street.
The village will hold a ceremony at 10 a.m. on May 31 at the Townhall building along Route 250. Victor Perez, an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ashland County, will serve as the ceremony’s guest speaker. Perez is a combat Marine veteran who served during the Gulf War.
There will be a parade immediately following the ceremony, starting at the Savannah school house. Led by William Ramsey, the route will follow Route 250, turn left onto Route 545 until reaching the square. The parade will then end at the Savannah Cemetery.
On Friday, May 28, veterans, cub scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will plant flowers on the veterans’ grave sites in the cemetery. Volunteers are encouraged to bring hand tools.
Call 419-962-4425 for more information.