Local Sylvania area veterans groups, the City of Sylvania, and Sylvania Recreation announce that the 2012 Sylvania Memorial Day observances will be held on Monday, May 28.
All area citizens are encouraged to come out to honor and respect for Veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
Beginning at 9 a.m., a brief service will be held at Toledo Memorial Park, 6832 Monroe St. More than 12,000 local veterans are laid to rest at the cemetery. The “Sea of Flags” that decorate their graves is a truly magnificent sight. Local veterans groups and color guards also will also visit Association, Ravine, and St. Joseph’s cemeteries to honor those area veterans buried there.
The annual Memorial Day Parade will start from a new location this year, St. Joseph’s School, 5411 Main St. beginning at 10:15 a.m. The parade will proceed north on Main Street to Erie Street, finishing at Veterans Memorial Field. The Northview and Southview high school bands as well as local veterans, military, scout and civic groups and local political dignitaries will participate in this year’s parade.
A 30-minute Memorial Day service honoring America’s Veterans will begin at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Field. Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough will serve as master of ceremonies. The ceremony will feature a fly-over by an Ohio Air National Guard unit.
Five large bronze monuments are in place at Memorial Field describing five American wars and listing the Sylvania area residents who gave up their lives in those conflicts.