Veterans Day Recognition Ceremony and Parade

Mayor Frank G. Jackson and other city officials will participate in this year’s Veterans Day recognition ceremony and parade to honor and remember all those who have served in our armed forces. In addition to these events, the facade of Cleveland City Hall will be lit up with green lights to show recognition and support for Cleveland-area veterans.


City Hall will be lit green in accordance with the Greenlight A Vet initiative. This year’s theme is “Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the United Services Organization (USO).” The Greenlight A Vet initiative is a national campaign to establish visible, national support for veterans by changing building lights to the color green. For more information on Greenlight A Vet, please visit

On Friday, November 11, at 11:00 a.m., a special Veterans Day recognition ceremony will be held inside the rotunda of Cleveland City Hall. Speakers at the ceremony are: Mayor Frank G. Jackson; Glenn F. Welling, Vice President of Operations for the United Services Organization (USO); David T. Matia, Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Cuyahoga County; Ronald A. Schwachenwald, Col. U. S. Army (Ret.), President, Joint Veterans Council of Cuyahoga County; and Master of Ceremonies, Larry “Mr. Cleveland” Morrow.

Following the ceremony will be the third annual Cleveland Veterans Day Parade beginning at 12:45 p.m. in front of City Hall at 601 Lakeside Avenue. The parade will proceed east on Lakeside Avenue to East 9th Street, south towards Superior Avenue, west towards Roadway Drive, north toward Rockwell, west to Ontario, north to Lakeside Avenue traveling east and ending at City Hall. Find a copy of the route map here.

The Co-Grand Marshall’s for this year’s parade are Leon Bibb, News Anchor for WEWS and Berni O’Malley, “Miss USO.”

To enter City Hall, you must bring a valid photo ID.