AUBURN — With the details finalized for the federal holiday’s ceremonies, everything has “fallen into place” for the township’s Memorial Day services this year, Trustee Patrick J. Cavanagh reported Monday.

The services will start at the Mapleshade Cemetery near the Township Town Hall, 11000 E. Washington St., at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 30, with invocation by George Petrich, county chaplin, the wreath laying ceremony and Kenston High School freshman Brett King’s performance of “Taps” with a three-volley salute, according to the township’s ceremony agenda.

At 9 a.m., the services will move to the Adam Hall Community Center, 11455 E. Washington St., with assemblance to bagpipe music by Bruce Greig, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and welcoming remarks. Kenston senior Molly Cohen will sing “America,” and Pastor Ron Miller of the New Hope Christian Fellowship will offer prayer. Mr. Greig will play a selection of bagpipe music, followed by the reading of names.

The ceremony will continue at Shadyside Cemetery at approximately 10 a.m. with a Color Guard march to the site. The Shadyside ceremony will include invocation, the lowering of the flag and folding by Boy Scout Troop 101, flag presentation and the raising of the American, POW/MIA and U.S. Armed Forces flags.

Following the bagpipe performance of “Amazing Grace,” Mr. Cavanagh will introduce guest speaker Jessica Brown, a veteran and owner of Wood Thingamajigs. Ms. Brown is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and she moved to Northeast Ohio after serving active duty. Mr. Cavanagh said she has been an active member of the community.

The ceremony will conclude with a laying of wreaths and an additional three-volley salute to Brett’s performance of “Taps.”

In other news, Mr. Cavanagh said the township is looking to install additional playground equipment at their community park near the new picnic pavilion for younger children, ages 6-23 months.

Mr. Cavanagh said the township is seeking to spend approximately $10,000 for three pieces of equipment “to keep toddlers and smaller kids busy,” like a crawl-through tunnel or a spring-mounted horse.

“I’ve been hearing from parents that we need more age appropriate [items] for toddlers,” he said. The current equipment at the park’s playground, he explained, came to the township free after Kenston converted the former Gardiner Elementary School into a transportation center after its closure in 2013. “That’s how we got started down this road,” he said.

The trustees agreed to look over potential plans for new equipment with the intention of acting on the purchase of said equipment for their next meeting, June 7 at 7:30, available via Zoom and in person at the Town Hall.

Sam joined the Times in 2019 and covers several communities and schools in the Chagrin Valley and Geauga County. She also oversees the features/community events and the website. She earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from Kent State University.

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