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Press Release: Memorial Day Ceremony

21 West Washington Street
Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022

Telephone: (440) 247-5050
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For Immediate Release 

Contact: Darby Bentoff Schwartz                         Kristy Holmes
Community Volunteer                                   Administrative Assistant, Village of Chagrin Falls
440.289.6189                                                      440.247.5050 x2875           

Chagrin Falls to Observe Memorial Day with Traditional Ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery

Parade will not occur due to Covid-19 restrictions.  Community is invited to watch via internet.

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.  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 student recitations of Logan’s Orders and The Gettysburg Address by Chagrin Falls Intermediate School students.  

Kathy Shoenfelt and the Chagrin Falls marching band will have the honor of being named Grand Marshall.  The Village recognizes Schoenfelt upon her retirement for her commitment to the Village and the music program at the Chagrin Falls Schools.  Although her career began in 1985, 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. 

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the ceremony will not be open to the public, but it will be live streamed on the Chagrin Falls Historical Society website,, the village website, or the Chagrin Falls American Legion Post 383 Facebook page and all are invited to watch.  In addition, Drone Ohio will also provide live streaming of the event again this year.