by Andrea Cole

Associate Editor

Stow -- Mayor Karen Fritschel said the city will continue its Memorial Day tradition of honoring veterans May 28.

The Stow Cemetery Board and the Acker-Moore Memorial Post of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will host its annual Memorial Day program the morning of May 28 in Stow Cemetery, 3162 Kent Road.

"The program has been taking place since at least the 1980s," said Fritschel. "It gives the community a chance to honor those who serve in the military."

A parade assembly will begin at 10:15 a.m. The ceremony will begin with a march to the Veterans Monument in the cemetery, where the VFW color guard will post the colors, and the Stow-Munroe Falls High School Symphonic Band will perform "America the Beautiful."

George Fisher, commander of American Legion Post 175 and a representative of VFW Post No. 4738, said nearly 100 people attended last year's ceremony. Fisher is a member of the Acker-Moore Memorial Post.

"We're hoping for a similar turnout," he said. "We mainly have Stow and Munroe Falls residents [attend], but there are some people from other communities. It's a nice way to honor our fallen soldiers."

Stow City Council President Ron Gauthier will serve as the master of ceremonies.

Gauthier's wife, Anita, said she is looking forward to the event, stating, "We see a lot of people we know. It's amazing how patriotic people are. We'll dress in red, white and blue, and bring our grandchildren to the event."

Fritschel will read a proclamation declaring May 28 as Memorial Day in Stow.

Fisher said Post Chaplain Floyd Mault will give the opening remarks for the ceremony and perform the dedication of wreaths, read the honor roll of those soldiers who have been killed in action and missing in action and perform the benediction.

Immediately following the service at Stow Cemetery, a wreath will be dedicated at the Doughboy statue in front of Stow City Hall, followed by a reception at the Acker-Moore Memorial Post, 3733 Fishcreek Road.

For more information about the ceremony, call 330-689-2829.

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