Memorial Weekend is often celebrated as the first long weekend of the Summer, when weather has finally warmed up. There are Memorial Day events and ceremonies around Columbus to honor our heroes.
Make sure you take time to remember those who gave their lives for our country this Memorial Day.
Westerville Field of Heroes
May 26-29, 2023. Presented by the Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise.
Across the street from the Westerville Community Center on Cleveland Avenue is visual display of more than 3,000 American flags. There will be events throughout the weekend, and flags can be purchased to honor a hero. Field is illuminated at night from May 26-29, and is a must-see.
Learn more about Westerville Field of Heroes.
Memorial events at National Veterans Memorial Museum
There will be a series of ceremonies and events at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum and online in the days leading up to, and on Memorial Day. Read more about full programming at NVMM, or see highlights below.
Get free admission from Saturday, May 27 – Monday, May 29. Donations accepted to pay it forward to honor Veterans, Gold Star Families and ensure future accessible programming for all.
Rooftop CrossFit Hero Workout: May 27 at 8-11 am (register for preferred timeslot)
The National Ride for Freedom: May 27, 2023 at 9 am (registration is $40)
Gold Star Family Candlelight Vigil: May 28, 2023 at 8 pm – 9 pm
Virtual Run, Walk, Ruck and Roll: May 28, 2023
Remembrance Ceremony: May 29, 2023 at 10 am (register for a seat, or watch on Facebook Liv
Memorial Day events in Grandview
Grandview Memorial Day Service: Thursday, May 25 at 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Memorial Park
All veterans and first responders are invited to participate in the Veteran’s Procession to Memorial Park.
Grandview Heights Parade: Saturday, May 27 at 10 am. Includes marching bands, floats and service organizations, as we salute our servicemen and servicewomen. First Ave. between Cambridge Blvd. and Oxley Rd.
Whitehall VFW Post No. 8794 Ceremony and Luncheon
Typically Saturday (tba) 7 a.m. Flag Placing at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. VFW 8794 Post Breakfast at 9 a.m. for flag placing volunteers
Typically Monday (tba) 11 a.m. Ceremony at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial Day Luncheon on Post at 1 p.m.
See Whitehall VFW Facebook page for updates.
City of Powell Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony
Monday, May 29 at 10 am – 12:30 pm. Begins on Grace Dr. and proceeds west. The ceremony is at the Greater Powell Veterans Memorial in Village Green Park.
See details on City of Powell website.
Worthington Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony
Monday, May 29, 2023 at 10 am.
The Worthington Memorial Parade starts at the American Legion Post and ends in Walnut Grove Cemetery at the Circle of Honor, where American Legion Post 239 holds their Memorial Day Service to honor our fallen veterans. See all of the flags marking over 1,300 Veteran’s grave sites in Walnut Grove Cemetery, 5561 Milton Ave.
Flint Cemetery: Leasure-Blackston Post 239 will be lowering the US flag to half staff, having a 21 gun salute and playing taps at Flint Cemetery, 8187 Flint Road, at approximately 6:00 a.m. on Memorial Day. All are welcome to join them as they honor our fallen veterans. There are over 100 veterans interred at Flint Cemetery.
See Worthington.org for full details.
Dublin Memorial Day Parade and Observance
Monday, May 29, 2023
11 a.m. – Procession through Historic Dublin starting at Riverside Crossing Park and ending at Dublin Cemetery with a wreath throwing ceremony at The Dublin Link pedestrian bridge
11:30 a.m. – Memorial Day Ceremony at the Dublin Cemetery located at 83 West Bridge Street
Noon – Complimentary community picnic lunch at Monterey Park. Bring blankets and chairs. The general public is invited and encouraged to attend.
Free parking is available at Dublin Community Church, and more parking can be found throughout Historic Dublin. See full details on Dublin Veterans website.
Green Lawn Abbey Memorial Day Tours
Saturday, May 27, 2023 from 11 am – noon. Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) will have a special Memorial Day program in the Huntington Chapel honoring Civil War Veterans. Free and open to the public. See details on Facebook.
Monday, May 29, 2023, 12 pm – 4 pm. Green Lawn Cemetery and Green Lawn Abbey host a free open houses on Memorial Day from 12 pm – 4 pm. Enjoy timeless architecture, natural beauty, local history, and great food! All are welcome.
A free cookout and picnic lunch will be provided in front of Huntington Chapel, near the middle of Green Lawn Cemetery. Local author Doreen Uhas Sauer will discuss the history of Green Lawn Cemetery and Huntington Chapel.
See details of both events on the Green Lawn Cemetery Facebook page.
Bexley Memorial Day Service
Monday, May 29, 2023, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm at Drexel circle. See info on Bexley website.
Sunbury Memorial Day Flea Market
Monday, May 29, 2023, 8 am – 4 pm. Shopping in Sunbury Village Square with vendors offering treasures, crafts, antiques, plants, and food. Admission for adults and teens: $1.00, children 10 and under are free.
Includes access to 80-100 vendors, 5-8 food vendors and a kid’s zone featuring bounce houses, an area to design thank you cards for veterans, and music from our High School Band members
See details about the Sunbury Memorial Day Flea Market.
Marysville Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 29, 2023
8:15 AM Schwartzkopf Park honoring those “Lost at Sea”
9:00 AM Memorial Day Parade kick off from Fifth and Plum Street (between PNC Bank and Goodies Galore)
9:30 AM Ceremony at Oakdale Cemetery
Ceremonies after Oakdale Cemetery in order of occurrence:
Catholic Cemetery, VFW Post 3320 – Amrine Cemetery – American Legion Post 79 – VFW Post 3320 on Industrial Parkway – Ceremony near noon
See Facebook page for Hannah Emerson Dustin Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution
Grove City Memorial Day Parade and Service
Monday, May 29, 2023. The American Legion Paschall Post 164 and Veterans of Foreign War 8198 host the Memorial Day service at the Grove City Cemetery, 3605 Grove City Road, at 11 a.m.
The parade steps off at 11 a.m. from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church and travels down Broadway. There is a short ceremony at City Hall, then the parade continues to Grove City Cemetery for the Grove City Memorial Day service.
Following the service, the American Legion Post 164 is hosting an open house, 3363 McDowell Road, for the remainder of the day. The event is open to the public, includes food and beverages.
Canal Winchester Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, May 29, 2023
VFW Post #10523 will host Canal Winchester’s annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Union Grove Cemetery (400 Winchester Cemetery Rd.) beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Immediately following the Canal Winchester Memorial Day Ceremony, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will host a flag retirement ceremony on the cemetery grounds.
The public is invited to attend both ceremonies. Lawn chairs or blankets are encouraged for seating. Details.
Lithopolis Memorial Day Celebration
Monday, May 29, 2023 from 10 am – 2 pm. Visit Lithopolis on Monday, May 29 for a Memorial Day celebration with events including a cruise-in at the Wagnalls Memorial Library, live music, vendors, tours, food, and more!
Read more about Memorial Day in Lithopolis.
Annual Bloom Township Memorial Day Car Show
Monday, May 29, 2023 from 10:30 am – 4 pm. Details on Facebook.
Ashley Memorial Day Parade
TBA at 9 am at Ashley-Union Cemetery. Parade begins at White Lilly. See website for updates.
Galena Memorial Day Service
TBA at 1 pm at the Village Square and Cemetery. See website for details.
Prairie Township Memorial Day Services
Details on Prairie Township website.
Taps Across America
Memorial Day, May 29, 2023. The National Moment of Remembrance is an annual event inviting Americans to play taps wherever they are at 3 p.m., Memorial Day, then pause for one minute to remember those who died in military service.
You can share your videos on social media and tag #TapsAcrossAmerica. See website here.