For Immediate Release
Due to the elimination of Governor DeWine’s Covid-19 restrictions, community is invited to attend Memorial Day Ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery
Parade will not occur, but community is welcome to attend or watch online.
Chagrin Falls, OH – The Village of Chagrin Falls will observe Memorial Day, May 31, 2021, with the traditional ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery, although for the second year, due to Covid-19, the Chagrin Falls Memorial Day Parade will NOT take place. Due to Governor DeWine’s elimination of Covid-19 precautions, there will be limited seating (300) offered to the public and attendees are invited to bring their own seating. The ceremony will begin at 11am.
The ceremony will include traditional elements such as tributes by the VFW, DAR and American Legion as well as Intermediate School students Braden Mooney and Natalie Venorski’s reading of Logan’s Orders and recitation of The Gettysburg Address by Ethan Nielsen.
The Chagrin Falls marching band will have the honor of being named Grand Marshall and The Village recognizes Kathy Schoenfelt upon her retirement for her commitment to the Village and the music program at the Chagrin Falls Schools. Her career began in 1985 and she has been at Chagrin Falls Schools since 1993 and has been the Director of Bands for the past 10 years.
The keynote address will be given by Michael McClurg. McClurg grew up in Chagrin Falls, graduating from Chagrin Falls High School in 2003. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2005 and over the course of his career he was assigned to 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division and Marine Raider Regiment, Marine Forces Special Operations Command. At the conclusion of his Marine Corps career, he was the Team Chief of Marine Special Operations Team 8142. During his 12 years in the Marines, he served overseas in Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, the Philippines, and Indonesia. His military awards include the Purple Heart, two Bronze Star medals with combat distinguishing device, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. Following his career in the Marine Corps, he continued his public service at the Department of State where he works at the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.
In addition to limited seating (300) at Evergreen Cemetery, the ceremony will also be live streamed on the Chagrin Falls Historical Society Facebook page, Chagrin Falls American Legion Post 383 Facebook page and all are invited to watch. Drone Ohio will provide the aerial video feed of the event again this year.