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Posted on: May 19, 2021

2021 Memorial Day Parade

Memorial Day

CANTON, OHIO – The City of Canton, in conjunction with The Greater Canton Veterans Council, which is the organizing sponsor, is announcing the return of our traditional Memorial Day parade. The parade will begin at the McKinley Downtown Campus (formerly known as Timken High School), travel west on Tuscarawas Street, north on Elgin and conclude with a Memorial Day Observance Ceremony at the McKinley Monument.


Mayor Bernabei stated, “We are excited to be able to host the parade this year.  This is a traditional first week of summer event which memorializes the many Americans who have given their lives in defense of our country. We ask all to remember their sacrifice on Memorial Day.”


In addition to the parade and observance ceremony, below are other formal rituals you can participate in to honor our fallen military:


  • The American flag should be flown at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day, then raised to the top of the staff.
  • All Americans are encouraged to pause for a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time.
  • Americans may visit cemeteries and memorials that are open to the public.  
  • Wear a red poppy in remembrance of those fallen in war—a tradition that began with a World War I poem titled “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae (see below).

The City of Canton will display over 1,300 National, State and City flags throughout the city on decorative light poles to honor the fallen and our military.  We hope this will bring a sense of pride to our community.

We thank the Greater Canton Veterans Council for their dedication to our local Veterans and are thankful we are able to gather once again this Memorial Day.

In Flanders Fields
By John McCrae



In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly.
Scarce heard amid the guns below. 


We are the dead. Short days ago 

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow

Loved, and were loved and now we lie
In Flanders fields. 


Take up our quarrel with the foe: 

To you from failing hands we throw 
The torch; be yours to hold it high. 

If ye break faith with us who die 

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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