Memorial Day 2019
The Euclid Memorial Day parade is one of the longest running and best parades in the area! The 89th Euclid Memorial Day Parade and services started with graveside services at Euclid Cemetery and St. Paul’s Cemetery followed by a ceremony and breakfast at Recher Hall (the first home of the Euclid Veterans Association). The parade kicked off at 10:00am and featured our honored local veterans organizations. Euclid Police, Fire, City Officials as well as a variety of Euclid community members, organizations, churches, and community groups also marched to honor those who served our country. Grateful residents and family members lined the beautiful, newly paved E. 222nd Street which is now proudly lined with Hometown Hero Banners honoring local service men and women.
Following the parade, the Joint Veterans Council held a very moving memorial service at the Veterans Monument next to City Hall with wonderful remarks by guest speaker Major Tom Jenks, Cuyahoga County Joint Veterans Council Chairman - also a Euclid resident! Last, but not least, the Euclid Veterans Association gathered at their monument (next to their home at Tizzano’s) to honor the deceased members of the Euclid Veterans Association by reading their names and paying tribute. Most groups hosted lunch gatherings for members, family and friends following the services.
Special Thanks goes out to the Euclid Joint Veterans Council, Chairman Andy Kiral, and its member organizations:
American Legion, Euclid Post 343, Commander Todd Capuozzo
Euclid Veterans Association, President Cheryl Ludwa
Jewish War Veterans, Post 712, Commander Irv Aplis
Korean War Veterans Association, Lake Erie Chapter 112, Commander Stephen Szekely
Polish Legion American Veterans, Post 31, Commander Bill Halloran
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1056, Commander Richard Pecnik
Euclid is so fortunate to have active veterans organizations who remain committed to providing these important events and continue to serve our community in so many ways! The Euclid Memorial Day services and parade are a wonderful way to remember and honor those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. But equally important, let’s honor them each and every day through our actions, through our care for veterans, and through our commitment to working for a more peaceful world!
Kirsten Holzheimer Gail
Mayor, City of Euclid