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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, “Please join us for the traditional first week of summer event which memorializes the many Americans who gave 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 City of Canton will display 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.
Thomas M. Bernabei, Mayor
Bill Theiss, President, The Greater Canton Veterans Council
Bob Harper, Secretary, The Greater Canton Veterans Council
In Flanders FieldsBy 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
he 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.