Monday, May 31st brings a national holiday long celebrated in Sylvania and around the country to honor our veterans who have bravely served in the armed forces and protected America. Many have died in battle, and many more are now growing old and nearing the end of their lives. Some have served in World War II and Korea, or more recently in Vietnam, the Middle East or elsewhere around the world. All these patriots and those serving today deserve our thanks and acclaim.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Sylvania's Memorial Day Celebration had to be curtailed last year. In lieu of a parade and memorial service, a brief ceremony was held at the Main Street bridge over Ten Mile Creek. A wreath was placed in the water, and the assembled current and past band directors for Northview and Southview High Schools performed the National Anthem. My thanks to those band directors.
This year, we will again be having a parade and memorial service, though a little different than previous years to accommodate physical distancing and not have band members riding on school buses. The Memorial Day Parade will assemble at Northview High School, head north on Silica at 10:15 a.m., and pause for a wreath ceremony on the bridge. Then on to Monroe Street, east to Main Street and continue on to Veterans Memorial Field. An 11:00 a.m. Memorial Day Service follows at the north end of Veterans Memorial Field, and is always one of the largest and best attended in northwest Ohio.
The day will actually begin earlier at 8:00 a.m. with veterans placing flags at the Association Cemetery on Convent Blvd., then at St. Joseph Cemetery and Ravine Cemetery. The morning continues with a 9:00 a.m. Memorial Ceremony at Toledo Memorial Park and Cemetery in a field near the 75 foot high Veterans Memorial Monument where more than 1,400 veterans are buried. Throughout the Cemetery over 14,000 veterans are laid to rest, and an American flag will be posted by volunteers on each veteran's grave to create a sea of flags.
The Sylvania Memorial Day Parade and Service are sponsored by our local Veterans organizations and assisted by the City of Sylvania and Sylvania Recreation. Over the years, many of us have participated in the parade in one way or another. The Northview High School and Southview High School bands are always a part of the parade and ceremonies. I remember how excited and honored I was to first march with the Sylvania High School band on Memorial Day, 1968.
There are five bronze monuments at Veterans Memorial Field honoring those who served in five wars, and list the names of all Sylvanians who died in those wars. There is also a tank and a Howitzer cannon on display. In addition, a bronze statue cast in 1982 honoring those veterans stands in front of Sylvania City Hall on Monroe Street, where it is visible to thousands of people every day.
The World War II Roll of Honor, previously on display in the now demolished Burnham Building, was relocated to City Hall in 2010 and is on display in the first floor lobby. The Roll of Honor was restored and rededicated ten years ago during a ceremony attended by many of Sylvania's veterans who attended Burnham High School.
Memorial Day is a patriotic day for all of us. If not veterans ourselves, nearly all of us have a friend or relative who served in the armed forces or is serving today, putting their lives at risk to protect freedom. Further, many of us have a relative or know of a community member who was injured or killed in defense of America. Memorial Day is the day to honor these heroes and to celebrate our freedom.
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The assembled current and former band directors of Northview and Southview High Schools at the 2020 Memorial Day ceremony .
Veterans Memorial Monument at Toledo Memorial Park and Cemetery.
Bronze statue honoring Veterans in front of Sylvania City Hall.
World War II Roll of Honor inside Sylvania City Hall
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