|This year's Bellevue-Dayton Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. in Dayton at the Veteran's Memorial on May 31.|
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by Robin Gee
While there will be a few changes, this year’s combined Bellevue-Dayton Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 31. This is the parade’s 92nd year. A ceremony will be held in Dayton at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Monument (Berry and 6th Avenue), and the parade will start at 10:30 a.m.
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Organizers have spoken with officials from the Health Department, who have given permission for the event. All necessary COVID-related safety measures will be in place.
Bellevue Mayor Charlie Cleves said the, due to COVID, it seemed a good time to try combining the two Bellevue sites. "We can change back next year, but it is a good time to try something new."
The mayor announced this year’s 2021 Grand Marshall is well-known Bellevue resident and veteran Ed Ulsas, who is also known to many area children as Bellevue’s Santa Claus. Since the community was unable to hold the parade last year, they also named another Bellevue resident and Navy veteran Marty Mayer to serve as the 2020 Grand Marshall.
The parade requires no entry fee and is supported through donations from area businesses and individuals.
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|After the parade on May 31, the Southgate community will honor veterans at the Veteran's Memorial in the park at the intersection of Temple, Evergreen and Electric. |
The Southgate Memorial Day Parade will also be held starting at 10 a.m. on May 31. It will start at the intersection of Bluegrass and Electric. The parade route runs on Electric to William Blatt, then onto Evergreen, turning up Walnut before turning back onto Electric. Marchers will pass the firehouse and finish at the Veterans Memorial at the intersection of Electric, Temple and Evergreen.
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Plans are in place to follow all safety protocols, including safe distancing and masking. Organizers keep abreast of any health and safety changes and will adjust accordingly. This year’s Grand Marshall is John Ranson.