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The Suburbanite
  • Memorial Day ceremonies around Springfield Lake

  • Springfield Township families, dignitaries and community members gathered on May 27 at the Veteran's Memorial to honor the township's veterans.


    The Springfield Police Department Honor Guard brought in the colors and raised the flag above the memorial. A wreath was placed at the base of the flagpole to honor those that have fought for freedom.

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  • Springfield Township families, dignitaries and community members gathered on May 27 at the Veteran's Memorial to honor the township's veterans.
    The Springfield Police Department Honor Guard brought in the colors and raised the flag above the memorial. A wreath was placed at the base of the flagpole to honor those that have fought for freedom.
    Retired Marine and township resident Elva Pounders welcomed the crowd. Several of those in attendance were chosen to post the service flags.
    Guest speakers for the ceremony included former Cleveland Brown/ WNIR radio host, Bob Golic.
    Resident George Pounders (see obituary on Page 16) read the names of Springfield residents who died in service of their country. Springfield Fire Department Capt. Steve Simich rang the bell for each.
    Also honor the fallen, Ellen Leidy, commandant for the State of Ohio for the Marine Corp. League, sounded “Taps” and resident and past department president for the American Legion Auxiliary Marilyn Warner sang “God Bless America.”
    On May 28 pancakes were on the agenda at the Village of Lakemore Fire Department. The annual Memorial Day pancake breakfast was free, provided by the Lakemore Firefighters Association.  The breakfast ended at noon as firefighters prepared the engines to participate in the parade.
    Parade participants stepped off at 1 p.m. from Springfield High School. Announcer Dave Jenkins entertained the parade crowd at the triangle with United States history trivia questions until the sirens rounded the bend coming into view.
    At the front of the parade was a police cruiser followed by Lakemore Mayor Rick Justice. Lakemore Fire Engines filled with firefighters and paramedics were in line as well as engines and EMS vehicles from Springfield Township. Politicians, baseball teams, Army members, horses, Lakemore United Methodist Church, dance groups, scouts and much more participated. The children along the parade route went home with plenty of sugar to get them through the summer months from the abundant candy thrown to the crowd. 
    A Memorial Day service was also held in the Village of Lakemore to honor veterans following the parade. The Honor Guard from the Army/Navy Post in Lakemore was present to honor veterans with a 21-gun salute. 
    Speakers for the event were Lakemore Councilman Tom Wolfe and Summit County Executive Russ Pry.
    The two days were a remembrance of those who have protected our country's freedom and those who have fallen during that commitment of duty.
     

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