Memorial Day weekend 2021 heralds the beginning of the summer season along with the long-awaited return to normal holiday happenings after last year's parade and numerous events were canceled due to Covid.
Residents are finally able to properly honor veterans, participate in the parade, head to the parks & pools, and enjoy a weekend of commemorations, festivities, and celebrations.
5/29/21- Sylvania resident Dave Rudey, an army veteran who served two tours of duty in Vietnam, arrived at Ravine Cemetery early Saturday morning with the Sylvania American Legion Post 468.
5/29/21- Volunteers from across Sylvania joined the American Legion to place flags and honor veterans at Ravine Cemetery.
5/29/21- Over 14,000 flags have been placed over the graves of those veteran's whose final resting place is in Toledo Memorial Park, to honor and pay tribute to their service and sacrifice. The flags will be removed on Tuesday June 1, and are available to anyone who would like them, contact Jim Lyell, 419-356-5378.
Flag Placing begins Wednesday May 26, with the public welcome to join in at Toledo Memorial Park (TMP) and place an American Flag on each of the 14,100 graves of our veterans.
“Anybody can come and do it. If you want to come and put flags out, I'll give you a section," says Jim Lyell, who has been overseeing the placement of flags on Memorial Day to honor veterans since 1998. "My flags have to be put out rain or shine."
Lyell is a veteran himself, having been drafted and sent to Vietnam. He served two years, and came home in 1961. He has been devoted to honoring his fellow soldiers since the day he stepped back on American soil.
"There’s some of us that give a little. But there’s some of us that give a lot. And give it all," Lyell says thoughtfully. "And that’s why we’re there next week, putting out the flags.”
Lyell also saves the flags after they come down on the Tuesday after Memorial Day, and he offers them for free to any individual, group, neighborhood, or business wanting to display the flags.
"It’s just moving," shares Jeff Clegg, President and CEO of Toledo Memorial Park. "That all these people will come out and honor those who have served our country. It’s very moving to see that sight and to know that all of these volunteers come out and do this, and put 14,000 flags out. Is a big deal for me."
This is Clegg's tenth Memorial Day with TMP, and after the event was cancelled last year due to Covid he is looking forward to this year's flag placing and ceremony with great enthusiasm.
"Toledo Memorial Park was founded in 1922, right after the end of World War I," explains Clegg. "The big tower where we have our event was erected for the veterans of World War I. That’s where our veterans section is, and our cemetery actually has the most veterans of anywhere in this area. So when you see those 14,000 flags placed all throughout the cemetery, especially in that veterans section where it’s just solid flags, and we call it our sea of flags, it is so moving."
Clegg says that this is the biggest day of the year for TMP, and that as soon as the weather breaks after winter they all work overtime every day up until Memorial Day, just to get to the park ready for that one day. But, it is all worth it.
"It's amazing, the outpouring of support," adds Clegg. "It takes three days to do it, and we can’t thank the volunteers enough, because we could never do it on our own. We see school groups, veterans groups, businesses. You’ll see parents with their children, teaching them about veterans and the price that they paid. So it’s just really cool. It really is."
Dress for the weather, and head straight to the very back of the park when you arrive at TMP. Say "Hello" to Jim Lyell as he gives you a map, and your flags, and join the hundreds of Sylvanians honoring our veterans this year. Jim will be there 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, ready to greet you with a smile.
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The Sylvania American Legion Post 468 will place flags and pay tribute at Sylvania's two smaller cemeteries. The public is welcome to join the Sylvania American Legion Post 468 on Saturday May 29, 2021, starting at 9:00 a.m. at Ravine Cemetery. The group will meet at Ravine Cemetery and then move on to Association Cemetery, 6804 Convent Blvd.
-Ravine Cemetery is located on Ravine Road in Sylvania, Ohio. To get to Ravine Road; Turn off Main Street by St. Joseph school, or turn off Harroun Road across from Promedica Flower Hospital.
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On Friday May 28th, three hundred soccer teams and their fans head to Sylvania for for the Pacesetter Soccer Invitational. Over five hundred games will be played, Friday though Memorial Day, at Pacesetter Park on Sylvania-Metamora Road. Parking is at Southview with shuttle buses running back and forth. Pacesetter WILL BE CLOSED to the public for parking only, however residents are welcome to head over on the bike path and use the playground, skate park, enjoy the games, etc.
Start swimming Saturday May 29, 2021. Plummer Pool (at Burnham Park) and Centennial Quarry will both reopen for summer swimming on Saturday May 29th, 2021. New this year: Hours may vary slightly due to a staffing shortage, and at Plummer Pool non-residents will no longer be able to purchase a day pass, if they want to use the pool they must purchase a summer membership. Sylvania residents can still purchase day passes.
The Memorial Day Parade is Monday, May 31, 2021.
Sylvania Recreation and the City of Sylvania in conjunction with local Sylvania Area Veterans groups will be hosting the 2021 Sylvania Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 31, 2021.
Come out to commemorate the men and women who died while in the military service of our country. Beginning at 9:00 AM, a brief service will be held at Toledo Memorial Park, 6832 Monroe Street. Over 14,000 local veterans are laid to rest at Toledo Memorial Park. The “Sea of Flags” that decorates their graves is a truly magnificent sight. Local Veterans groups and color guards will also visit Association, Ravine, and St. Joseph’s cemeteries to honor fallen military personnel.
New this year, the annual Memorial Day Parade will start at Northview High School, 5403 Silica Drive, beginning at 10:15 AM.
At 10:15 a.m. the parade begins at Northview High School, then proceeds:
North on Silica Drive
East (right) at Monroe Street
North (left) on Main
West (left) on Erie Street
North (right) Garden Park Drive
Ending at Veterans Memorial Field
A Memorial Day service will begin at 11:15 A.M. at Veterans Memorial Field with City of Sylvania Major Craig Stough serving as Master of Ceremonies.
Memorial Day 2021 Parade Route in Sylvania, Ohio.
Individuals, families, student groups, athletic teams, businesses and organizations are all welcome to come out and place flags at Toledo Memorial Park to honor our veterans.
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