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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Many local organizations will stage parades, services and other events to honor the fallen on Sunday or Monday of Memorial Day weekend. Below is a schedule of some of these commemorations in the seven-county region. You may want to bring lawn chairs or blankets to outdoor events.

Most public agencies will be closed on Monday, May 31, the legal holiday.

Sunday, May 30

Berea: A “Faith and Freedom Cantata” will be performed for free at 1 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 276 E. Bagley Road.

Cleveland: A 10:30 a.m. ceremony will be held at the Cleveland Firefighters Memorial, east of Cleveland Browns Stadium. At 11 a.m., motorcyclists will stage an annual Firefighters Memorial Ride to Southeast Harley-Davidson in Bedford Heights. For more information, see firefightersmemorial


Mayfield: A ceremony with refreshments will begin at 1 p.m. at Whitehaven Cemetery, 615 SOM Center Road.

Painesville: St. John Baptist Church, 361 W. Jackson St., will host a reception at 2 p.m. and a service at 3 p.m., with a focus on the USS Arizona.

Parma: A parade, military displays, a free hot-dog buffet and a speech by retired Lt. Gen. Robert W. Wagner will highlight events starting at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Gardens on the western side of Cuyahoga Community College West, 11000 Pleasant Valley Road.

Streetsboro: A stretch of Ohio 43 will be renamed “Cpl. Jason J. Hernandez Memorial Highway” during events starting at 1 p.m. with a parade from City Park, 8980 Kirby Lane, off Ohio 303. A roadside bomb in Iraq killed Streetsboro’s Hernandez in 2007 on his 21st birthday.

Monday, May 31

Bedford: A parade will start at 10 a.m. at City Hall, 165 Center Road.

Berea: A parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. behind City Hall, 11 Berea Commons, off S. Rocky River Drive, south of Bridge Street.

Chagrin Falls: A 10 a.m. parade will begin and end downtown at Main and Franklin streets. The grand marshals will be the 135th Military Police Company of the Ohio Army National Guard, which has served twice in Iraq.

Cleveland: A commemoration will begin at 8:30 a.m. at St. Casimir Catholic Parish, 18022 Neff Road, the new home of St. George Post 613 of the Catholic War Veterans. A free breakfast will follow.

Cleveland: A 10 a.m. ceremony will be held at Woodland Cemetery, 6901 Woodland Ave. Speaking will be Thomas O’Grady, special forces veteran and former North Olmsted mayor.

Cleveland: A service will be held at 9 a.m. at Lutheran Cemetery, 4566 Pearl Road.

Cleveland Heights: A 10 a.m. ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial in Cumberland Park, Cumberland and Mayfield roads.

East Cleveland: A festival with vendors will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Euclid Avenue. A parade will begin at 11 a.m. at the East Cleveland Adult Training Center, 13231 Euclid Ave.

Euclid: Services will be held at 7:45 a.m. at Euclid Cemetery, East 204th Street and Euclid Avenue, and 8:15 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Cemetery, 1231 Chardon Road. A parade will begin at 10 a.m. at East 228th Street and Lake Shore Boulevard.

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