by Ellin Walsh
Cuyahoga Falls -- One, perhaps two, military flyovers will loudly underscore the city's patriotism May 28 during its 75th annual Memorial Day parade.
An appearance by a C-130, flown by the 910th Air Wing out of Youngstown, will be featured during the festivities, which kick off at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Portage Trail and Lillis Drive. Parade Chairman Dave Sebastian reported at press time there also is a possibility of a flyover by the U.S. Marine Corps.
Youth groups will join veterans of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War for the parade, which will include more than 100 units, some of them patriotic-themed floats.
Serving the dual roles as parade grand marshal and guest speaker for the subsequent ceremony at Oakwood Cemetery will be Jim Hermann, a retired colonel from the U.S. Army. The ceremony at the cemetery is expected to get under way around 11 a.m.
American Legion Post 281, 1601 Front St., is host post for this year's parade. The parade committee includes Dave Sebastian as chairman; Glen Williams as treasurer; Jaye Watson as secretary; and Pebble Sellers as publicity director. The Paladin Knights Motorcycle Club assists with line-up.
There will be judges in review stands at Fourth Street and Stow Avenue. Units will be judged by the Independent Parade and Pageant Association of Stow. Trophies in general categories will be presented 45 minutes to one hour after the parade concludes in the semi-circle driveway in front of Falls High, 2300 Fourth St. Trophies for veterans units will be presented at American Legion Post 281, at approximately 2 p.m.
To make a financial contribution to the Cuyahoga Falls Memorial Day parade committee, mail checks to Glen Williams, 1560 12th St., Cuyahoga Falls 44223.
The 10th annual Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast, sponsored by Valley Savings Bank, the city of Cuyahoga Falls and Kirbie's Meats and Catering, will take place before the parade.
Free flapjacks will be served from 7 to 9 a.m. on May 28, at Cuyahoga Falls High School, 2300 Fourth St. The Black Tiger Marching Band will perform patriotic music and donations will be accepted on behalf of the Cuyahoga Falls Instrumental Music Patrons to benefit all Cuyahoga Falls instrumental music programs.