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.
Details may change for events listed below. Check links before you plan to attend.
Memorial Day Weekend Events
Memorial Day, May 31, 2021. 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. Please share your videos on social media and tag #TapsAcrossAmerica
Fallen 15 Memorial 5k and Virtual 5k
May 14 – May 16, 2021. The Fallen 15 offers a Live and In-Person Race this year on May 16th at Olentangy Liberty Middle School in Powell. There will be two waves times, and you will start anytime during your 30 minute window. Virtual option also available between May 14-16. See full details and register here.
This year for SWAG, each participant (whether In-Person or Virtual) will receive our Race Shirt, Race Socks, Challenge Coin (which has all 15 Service Member names on the back) a Fallen 15 Lapel Pin and a Race Sticker.
Powell Field of Flags
May 27-31, 2021. The Olentangy Rotary Club will continue to host the annual Field of Flags display in Village Green Park 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.
Online Memorial Activity Pack
May 27, 2021. The city is offering a free online Memorial Day activity pack with fun activities for the family to commemorate and honor Memorial Day. The activity pack will be available Friday, May 27 on the city’s website.
Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony
May 31, 2021 from 10 a.m.-noon. Parade is 10 am in downtown Powell. The parade route will be lined with safe distancing markers and guests will be expected to wear a mask. The parade and ceremony will be streamed live to the city’s Facebook page. A special ceremony will be held immediately following the parade at the Greater Powell Veterans Memorial, 47 Hall Street.
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. See full programming here, or see highlights below.
Virtual Run, Walk, Ruck & Roll
May 23-31, 2021. The virtual event features options to run, walk, ruck or roll 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 up until May 31, items will be mailed out daily. Details here.
The Wall That Heals
Fri., May 28 – Mon., May 31. Visit The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., that honors the men and women who gave their lives in Vietnam or later died as a result of their service. This traveling exhibit spans 375 feet in length and rises to seven and one-half feet tall at it apex. The Wall’s 140 panels contain the names of more than 58,000 service members.
The Wall’s trailer converts to a Mobile Education Center. The exterior features a timeline of “The War and The Wall” and provides additional information about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Wall That Heals will be open on the museum grounds 24 hours a day, free of charge to allow time for all to experience, learn, reflect and heal. All appropriate COVID protocols will be in place to create a safe environment for all of our guests. Please note there may be a $5 parking charge depending on events at the museum. The wall closes at 2 pm on Memorial Day. See more details at this link.
May 29 10 am – 5 pm. Motorcyclists are invited to rendezvous at the Museum as part of the Ride2NVMM. There is no organized start point for this ride. Watch for more details and a link from the ride organizers when available. The Wall That Heals will be open 24 hours a day and the National Veterans Memorial and Museum will be open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (ET).
Memorial Day at NVMM
May 31, 2021. Admission is free on May 31 in honor of Memorial Day. The Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony is at 10 am on the rooftop and will be available for in-person or online viewing. Details here.
May 27, 2021. 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 at Memorial Park, 1135 W. Second Ave. This begins at 7:30 pm on Thursday, May 27. Before the Memorial Service, all Veterans and First Responders are invited to participate in the Veteran’s Precession leading up to Memorial Park.
May 28-31, 2021. 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. For 2021, Field of Heroes offers a drive-through or walk through option. Flag and coin sales are available, and there is a Heroes Hike that you can complete anytime during the weekend. See more details about the changes here.
May 29, 2021. The Memorial Parade begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 29 at First Ave and Cambridge Ave. and goes along First Avenue to Oxley Road. Includes marching bands, floats and service organizations, as we salute our servicemen and servicewomen. Participants and Spectators will be expected to follow guidelines set by the State of Ohio.
May 31, 2021. The parade and ceremony will take place in a small re-imagined format for 2021 and will be available for viewing online. The Memorial Day remembrance will include a short honor guard procession to Walnut Grove Cemetery where the traditional ceremony will occur to honor fallen veterans who have given the ultimate sacrifice. A limited number of program participants and spectators will be in attendance for the ceremony at Walnut Grove.
Video of the procession and ceremony will be posted on the City of Worthington website and on social media. More information will be provided at worthington.org and alohio239.org when it is available.
May 31, 2021. 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.
May 31, 2021 at 10 am. Hosted jointly by William R Schnug Memorial Post 614 and VFW Memorial Post 4931. Ceremony is open to the public. The new expanded area will be open for everyone to walk through. However, everyone is being asked to stay on the walking path.
May 31, 2021. 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.
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.
On Memorial Day, the flag is flown at half-staff from sunrise to noon.
May 31, 2021. Memorial service with Whitehall VFW Post No. 8794 at 11 a.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.
May 31, 2021. American Legion Canteen Southway Post 144 is hosting a car meet and Memorial Ceremony. Cars can arrive between 9:30-12:30. The legion will be performing a Memorial ceremony between 1 and 2 pm. ALL activities will stop until the service is over. Awards start at 2:30 pm.
3253 South High Street, Columbus Ohio 43207
Monday, May 31st from 11 am to 3 pm at the Abbey for Memorial Day Open House and Field of Flags. Take a tour of the building and see the “new” restorations.
Can’t come in person? Visit the website and post a memory of someone special who is no longer with us, or sponsor an Ohio Proud Flag to be displayed in the Ohio Proud Field of Flags.
May 31, 2021. Gahanna veterans will be honored on Memorial Day 2021 with two “Flags of Honor” tributes of approximately 2,000-3,000 flags in front of the Municipal Building and approximately 1,500-2,000 flags on U.S. Rt. 62 (in the flower bed in front of the Veterans Memorial, 73 W. Johnstown Rd.). Please drive by and take a moment to reflect on our veterans. Additionally, a video honoring our veterans will be available at: www.gahannavets.org and www.facebook.com/GahannaVets.
May 31, 2021. The City of Dublin, in partnership with the Wesley G. Davids Dublin Post 800 of the American Legion hosts the annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Memorial Day. The day’s events will honor veterans who lost their lives in service to our country.
- 11 a.m. – Procession through Historic Dublin from The Shoppes at River Ridge to Dublin Cemetery with wreath throwing ceremony on Bridge Street Bridge
- 11:30 a.m. – Memorial Day Commemoration at Dublin Cemetery
- Noon – Complimentary picnic lunch at Monterey Park
SR 161/Bridge Street will be closed intermittently from 10:50 a.m. to noon between Dale Drive and Monterey Drive for the procession.
May 31, 2021 Memorial Day Ceremony starting at 10 am at the Pataskala Cemetery. Once completed the ceremony will continue at 11 am at Veterans Green.
May 31, 2021 at 10:30 am. The Granville Post 398 of the American Legion will be presenting its annual Memorial Day Parade followed by the Memorial Day observance at historic Maple Grove Cemetery. Parade starts at 10:30 from Village center and proceeds to Maple Grove for ceremony at 11:00 am. All veterans are invited to join us in the parade procession. The local DAR will be handing out donuts to vets, much as they did as Donut Dollies during WWI and II. The Granville Veterans Memorial will be dedicated.
Other Memorial Weekend events
Friday, May 28, 2021
Saturday, May 29, 2021
Sunday, May 30, 2021
Monday, May 31, 2021
EVENTS TBA FOR 2021
Bexley Virtual Memorial Day Service: tba for 2021.
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.
Sunbury Memorial Day Flea Market and Parade: tba 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.
Lithopolis Memorial Day Celebration and Annual Bloom Township Memorial Day Fish Fry & Car Show: tba 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!)
Newark Memorial Day Parade: tba for 2021