Memorial Weekend is often celebrated as the first long weekend of the Summer, when weather has finally warmed up. Don’t forget to take time to remember those who gave their lives for our country this Memorial Day. There are Memorial Day events and ceremonies around Columbus to honor our heroes.
Many events have been cancelled for 2020, but there are a few virtual and in-person options for remembrance. No Memorial Day parades will be held in 2020.
Events during Memorial Day Weekend
Westerville Field of Heroes, presented by the Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise from May 22-25. Across the street from the Westerville Community Center on Cleveland Avenue is visual display of more than 3,000 American flags. For 2020, Field of Heroes is a drive-through event. You are permitted to park and walk through if you maintain distance from others, but flags will not display dedications. See more details about the changes here.
National Veterans Memorial and Museum Virtual Run & Walk: May 22-25. The virtual event features options to run or walk 1 mile or 5k in honor of a lost loved one in your own life or 10K (6.2 miles) to honor those lost from all 6 branches of service. Use #WeHonorThemTogether and @nationalvmm to share photos, your location, and stories of your participation as well as those being remembered. Registration is $25-$35. Register on or before May 15, to receive your event shirt and items prior to Memorial Day Weekend. If you register between May 16 – 25, we will be mailing items daily but cannot guarantee you will receive them before May 22.
Gahanna Memorial Day observance: May 23-25. The regular service won’t be held in 2020, but there are several ways to honor and remember.
- Watching the “Honor and Remembrance” virtual program video that will be available for viewing starting on May 23 at www.gahannavets.org and https://www.facebook.com/GahannaVets/
- Sharing an “Honor Post” written tribute for those you will be remembering on Memorial Day at www.gahannavets.org and https://www.facebook.com/GahannaVets/ and adding your military photos to the gallery
- Reading veteran’s stories at http://gahannavets.org/veteran-stories
- Participating in a drive-thru viewing of the memorial wreath and flags at the Memorial on Memorial Day, May 25th
- Flying your American flags at home
- Joining all Americans in a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day by pausing for one minute to remember those who have died in military service to the United States.
- Formal dedication of bricks purchased for Memorial Day will be incorporated into the Veterans Day event on Nov. 11. To learn more, visit gahannavets.org.
Powell Field of Flags: May 22-25. The Olentangy Rotary Club hosts the annual Field of Flags in Village Green Park (47 Hall St, Powell) throughout Memorial Day weekend. Nearly 100 flags will be placed in Village Green Park near the Greater Powell Veterans Memorial to honor our fallen heroes. Please maintain proper distance from others if you choose to visit to honor our fallen soldiers.
Memorial Day, Monday, May 25
Bexley Virtual Memorial Day Service: May 25 at 11 am via Webinar. The ceremony is sponsored by American Legion Post 430, and will be taking place at 11:00 am on Monday, May 25th. The guest speaker will be Lieutenant Colonel Alvin Word IV, and the Bexley Police Honor Guard will facilitate the ceremony. Join us in honoring and remembering those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
Marysville Memorial Day Ceremony: May 25. The parade is cancelled, but The Hannah Emerson Dustin Chapter of the DAR, along with the other members of the Marysville Memorial Day Committee, are in the planning stages of simplified ceremonies to honor our Veterans of past and present. Check the Facebook event page for updates.
Dublin Memorial Day Parade and Observance: May 25. Parade, regular ceremony, and picnic are cancelled. A virtual ceremony video will be posted to the City’s website, social media channels, including the City’s YouTube channel, on May 25th to honor veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Please monitor the City’s website for further information.
Green Lawn Abbey Virtual Memorial: The open house won’t be held in 2020, but there are special virtual options to remember and honor those no longer with us. You can share a memory of loved ones you’ve lost, or you can sponsor a flag to be displayed in the Ohio Proud Field of Flags
EVENTS CANCELLED FOR 2020
Memorial Day Service in Grandview: CANCELLED FOR 2020
The Blue Star Mothers Memorial Day Service will be conducted in honor of all those from Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff who gave their lives in service to their country. (Rain Location is the Grandview Heights High School Auditorium)
Grandview Heights Parade: CANCELLED FOR 2020. Includes marching bands, floats and service organizations, as we salute our servicemen and servicewomen. First Ave. between Cambridge Blvd. and Oxley Rd.
Sunbury Memorial Day Flea Market and Parade: CANCELLED FOR 2020. 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. Parade is at 10 am to honor those who have served our country.
City of Powell Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony: EVENT POSTPONED Begins on Grace Dr. and proceeds west. The ceremony will be held at the Greater Powell Veterans Memorial in Village Green Park.
Worthington Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony: EVENT POSTPONED The 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.
Pataskala Memorial Day observance: TBA for 2020 Memorial Day Ceremony starting at 10 am at the Pataskala Cemetery. Once completed the ceremony will continue at 11 am at Veterans Green.
Hilliard Memorial Day Ceremony: EVENT CANCELLED FOR 2020 VFW and American Legion posts will observe Memorial Day with a ceremony at Wesley Chapel Cemetery. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and a special remembrance will be given.
Lithopolis Memorial Day Celebration and Annual Bloom Township Memorial Day Fish Fry & Car Show: CANCELLED FOR 2020 from 10 am – 5 pm. The American Legion parade begins at 10 am from the American Legion on Smith Rd, immediately followed by a memorial ceremony at the Lithopolis Cemetery at 10:45am. At 11:00am, head into town for a fish fry, classic car show, craft show, and activities for the entire family to enjoy! Kids will enjoy bounce houses, face painting, laser tag and more. The All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry – hosted by the Bloom Township Firefighters goes until 5pm or the fish is gone (every year the firefighters serve over 4,000 lbs of fish!)
Granville Memorial Day Parade: CANCELLED FOR 2020 on Broadway and end in Maple Grove Cemetery with a ceremony.
Grove City Memorial Day Parade and Service: CANCELLED FOR 2020. Parade steps off at 11 am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church and proceeds down Broadway, stopping at City Hall for a short ceremony. The parade will continue to Grove City Cemetery, 3605 Grove City Road, for the Grove City Memorial Day service.
Whitehall: CANCELLED FOR 2020 Whitehall VFW Post No. 8794 at 10 a.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. VFW 8794 Post Luncheon at 12:30 p.m.
Newark Memorial Day Parade: CANCELLED FOR 2020 Parade route is from Everett Park, North on Cedar St. to Cedar Hill Cemetary for 11 am ceremony.
Other Memorial Weekend events
Friday, May 22, 2020
Saturday, May 23, 2020
Sunday, May 24, 2020
Monday, May 25, 2020
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