by Kristin Casale
Munroe Falls -- The city will celebrate the nation's birthday this year by thanking those who have served the country.
Mayor Frank Larson said the city will unveil a new addition to its Veterans' Memorial July 4 at 2 p.m.
Six flags, including the American flag, were installed on the memorial grounds last month. The other flags represent the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Marines.
"We are going to be dedicating the service flags and the American flag," said Larson. "We are having two groups of veterans."
Representatives from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ralph Huff Post 1062 and representatives from the Chas Faust American Legion will be present, he said.
"They are going to help with the dedication of the flags," said Larson.
He said all veterans and the community are welcome to attend the ceremony.
"We are extremely indebted to all veterans," said Larson. "It's a thanks to all that have served and protected our freedom."
Larson said he chose an afternoon service so the ceremony did not conflict with the Stow Fourth of July Parade, which will take place in Stow from 10 a.m. to noon.
The Munroe Falls Veterans' Memorial was dedicated June 25, 1985, and honors the branches of the armed forces. The memorial sits behind Munroe Falls City Hall at 43 Munroe Falls Ave. and is identified by its grouping of stone pillars.
Larson said the city has wanted to feature the memorial more prominently, and he believes the July 4 ceremony will accomplish that.
"It has, for so long, needed something that finishes it," he said. "I think the flags have really added that touch that was missing. It also got a good cleaning. The service department did a little restoration work with the bricks."
For more information about the ceremony, call Munroe Falls City Hall at 330-688-7491.