America’s holiday to remember those who died serving their country will be remembered in a variety of ways over the weekend.
Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial at Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island will hold a “Salute to the Troops” ceremony Saturday; the annual Memorial Day parade is Monday in Perkins Township; and Cedar Point will offer free admission all weekend to all current and former members of the military. The Perry Memorial event at 1 p.m. Saturday will feature guest speaker Mitty Griffis Mirrer, an independent documentary filmmaker and the founder of Gold Star Children, a nonprofit group that educates the public about children who have lost a parent to war.
Her documentary, “Gold Star Children,” will be shown twice, at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Perry’s Victory Visitor Center, with the first 100 attendees receiving free copies.
Want to go?
WHAT: Perry Memorial “Salute to the Troops”
WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Perry’s Victory Visitor Center, Put-in-Bay
WHAT: Annual Erie County Veterans Memorial Park service
WHERE: First Presbyterian Church, 265 Jackson St., Sandusky
WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday
WHAT: Sandusky Memorial Day Association Parade
WHEN: 9 a.m. Monday
WHERE: Starts at Ohio Veterans Home, goes down U.S. 250, winds up at Oakland Cemetery
WHAT: Armed Forces Weekend at Cedar Point — free admission today through Monday for current and former military members. Bring valid military ID
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday
WHAT: Huron AMVETS and Boy Scouts — Memorial Day events
WHEN: 9-11 a.m. Monday
WHERE: 9 a.m. Fallen Heroes Memorial at Huron Memorial Stadium; 10 a.m. Scott Cemetery Veteran’s Memorial; 11 a.m. Huron city building peace memorial
Miller Boat Line, departing from Catawba Island, will offer free passage to active duty military and veterans going to the Saturday event. Simply identify yourself at the ticket booth. If you wish to attend the ceremony, consider taking the 11:30 a.m. or noon ferry. The Tour Train will provide free passage to Put-in-Bay for anyone attending the ceremony.
The Memorial Day parade will begin with a ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday in front of the I.F. Mack Building at the Ohio Veterans Home. The parade will travel down U.S. 250 to Oakland Cemetery.
The grand marshal this year is Ernie Bowman, a World War II veteran who is a 35-year member of American Legion Post 83 in Sandusky.
Bowman, 87, who lives in Castalia, came ashore after D-Day and served in France and Germany as a combat engineer. He’ll help lead the parade Monday.
“They haven’t really informed me of anything other than I’m going to be riding up front” he said.
The Huron AMVETS Memorial Post No. 49 and Boy Scouts are hosting a number of events starting at 9 a.m. Monday with a Fallen Heroes Memorial at Huron Memorial Stadium. The ceremony will include a flag-raising, singing the National Anthem, reading of fallen veterans’ names, a gun salute and playing “Taps.” Similar events will follow at Scott Cemetery on Huron-Avery Road and at the city building.
Additionally, Cedar Point is offering free admission today through Monday for all current and former military members. Please present a valid ID. Valid ID can include active duty ID, retired personnel ID, VA ID or a copy of DD-214 discharge papers and photo ID.