How 6 area communities will recognize Memorial Day with parades and events

Butler County will remember those who died while serving in the U.S. military on Monday, and many will commemorate the day lining streets to watch a patriotic parade.

Most communities in Butler and Warren counties will start parades on Monday morning, and all will follow the processions with a solemn ceremony.

Monday’s parades and ceremonies include:


The city of Hamilton’s parade will start at 10 a.m. on South Monument. The route continues east on Court Street then north on High Street, north on Seventh Street, east on Heaton Street and ending at Greenwood Cemetery.

This year’s parade grand marshal is Joe Garrett, an Army Korean War veteran and Purple Heart recipient.

A ceremony at Greenwood Cemetery follows the parade with the keynote address by Tom Jeffers, an Air Force veteran, Butler County Veterans Service Commission member and first vice commander of American Legion Post 138 in Hamilton.


The city of Middletown’s parade will begin at 10 a.m. with the line starting at Smith Park.

The parade will travel south on Verity Parkway for several blocks and end at Woodside Cemetery.

The parade’s grand marshal is 96-year-old World War II and Pearl Harbor veteran Delbert Sharrett. The keynote speaker at the following ceremony at Woodside Cemetery is U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy.


The city of Fairfield’s Memorial Day parade and ceremony starts at 10 a.m. and will feature veterans and community groups and organizations, military units, the Fairfield High School Marching Band, the Fairfield Police Department, and Fairfield Fire Department.

The parade route starts at Express Scripts, 4865 Dixie Highway, and heads south on Hicks Boulevard. The route then heads west on Nilles Road, north on Bibury Road and west on Wessel Drive. It ends at Veterans Memorial Park, 701 Wessel Drive.

The Hamilton/Fairfield Concert Band will perform at Veterans Memorial Park, and following the parade there will be a brief ceremony. Guest speakers include representatives from local veterans groups and Fairfield Mayor Steve Miller.

New this year is a program from 1 to 3 p.m. by Cincy Submarine Veterans, which will honor and remember shipmates who lost their lives while serving the country.


The West Chester Twp. parade, organized by VFW Post 7696, will start at 10 a.m. Monday. It will begin on Aviation Way then head north on Cincinnati-Dayton Road. The route will turn west onto West Chester Road, ending at Brookside Cemetery with a ceremony.

Army veteran Jerry Nelson is this year's parade grand marshal. He was one of the two recipients for Butler County's Veterans of the Year honor in 2018. Nelson is a former combat medic and biological scientist, and was the founding commander of the West Chester American Legion Post 681.

The keynote speaker at the ceremony at Brookside Cemetery is retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jennifer Gross, a current member of American Legion Post 681 and VFW Post 7696, served as a flight nurse in the Bosnian conflict, was the on-call flight nurse for casualties in the Battle of Mogadishu and served in Operation Desert Storm.


The city of Franklin parade is set for 10 a.m. Monday.

The parade route starts at Woodhill Cemetery and heads north onto Dixie Highway. It then shifts to South Main Street and ending at Franklin’s Veteran’s Memorial Park at South Main and Third streets. A ceremony will be held at the park.


The village of Carlisle parade, sponsored by the Carlisle Lions Club, will begin at 1 p.m. at Roscoe Roof Park on Beachler Road.

The parade will travel north on Park Drive to the memorial on Park Drive to pause for for the playing of “Taps” and a 21-gun salute. The parade will then continue onto Central Avenue and west to Jamaica Road. It concludes at the New Jersey Cemetery for another playing of “Taps” and a 21-gun salute before the service.

The parade will be led by the Carlisle High School Band, the Franklin VFW Post 7596 and scouts, and the grand marshals for this year’s parade are all “area Vietnam veterans,” who will ride in a red wagon, and their names will be read at the memorial service. All veterans, as well as first responders, will also be recognized and honored.

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