On Friday, Nove. 10, 2017, Mayor Frank G. Jackson and other city officials will host the City of Cleveland’s 2017 Veterans Day recognition ceremony and parade to honor those who served in the armed forces. The facade of Cleveland City Hall will also glow with green lights in accordance with the GreenlightaVet initiative.
The initiative is a national campaign to establish visible, national support for veterans by changing building lights to the color green. Additional information on Greenlight A Vet is available http://www.greenlightavet.com/.
Veterans Day Ceremony: At 11 a.m., Mayor Jackson will host a special Veterans Day recognition ceremony inside Cleveland City Hall rotunda. Speakers at the ceremony are: Mayor Frank G. Jackson; Tom Jenks, President, Joint Veterans Council of Cuyahoga County; Father Joe Piskura, Chaplain, U. S. Army (Ret.), Invocation and Benediction; Ronald A. Schwachenwald, Col. U. S. Army (Ret.), President, Joint Veterans Council of Cuyahoga County; Rick De’Chant, Master of Ceremonies; and Larry “Mr. Cleveland” Morrow, Guest Speaker.
This year’s Veterans Day theme is, “Honoring all those who have served.” The City is also paying special tribute to the United States Marine Corps in recognition of their 242nd Birthday – Semper Fi!
Three individuals will be recognized for their service to the nation: Laura Oluich is a U.S. Marine Corp veteran, honored as the 2017 “Student Veteran of the Year”; Gregory White is the City of Cleveland Consent Decree Implementation Coordinator, honored as the U.S. Marine Corps “Veteran of the Year”; and Sandra Mendez Ruiz, honored as this year’s “Civilian of the Year” for her voluntary service with the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment.
Visitors must bring a valid photo ID to enter City Hall.
Parade: This year marks the 4th annual Cleveland Veterans Day Parade which follows the ceremony and will step-off in front of City Hall, 601 Lakeside Avenue, at 12:30 p.m. The parade route will proceed east on Lakeside Avenue to East 9th Street, south towards Superior Avenue, west towards Roadway Drive, north towards Rockwell Avenue, west to Ontario Avenue, north to Lakeside Avenue traveling east and ending at City Hall. Find a copy of the route map here.
The Grand Marshals for this year’s parade are Gregory White, the U.S. Marine Corps “Veteran of the Year”; and Sandra Mendez Ruiz, this year’s U.S. Marine Corps “Civilian of the Year.”