A weekend of festivities is planned in Grandview Heights to mark Memorial Day.

A weekend of festivities is planned in Grandview Heights to mark Memorial Day.

"I've said it before, but it's probably my favorite weekend of the year," Parks and Recreation Director Sean Robey said.

The community's observance will begin with the annual Blue Star Mothers Memorial Day service honoring Grandview and Marble Cliff residents who lost their lives in service to their country.

The ceremony will be held at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, May 23, at Memorial Park, 1156 Parkway Drive.

In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Grandview Heights High School auditorium.

Grandview Mayor Ray DeGraw will tell the stories of a few of the 62 local residents included in the roll call of heroes.

Music for the ceremony will be provided by the Grandview Heights High School band. Former Grandview resident Jeff Lynn will play bagpipes during the service.

As the name of each area resident who has died in military service is read, a member of Boy Scout Troop 73 will place a poppy on a cross in honor of that person.

The Memorial Day parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25.

All veterans in the community are invited to serve as grand marshals in the parade, Robey said.

Those who call the parks department at 614-488-3111 in advance of the parade will have their names included on the sign posted on the grand marshal float, he said.

The parade route will begin at Cambridge Boulevard and First Avenue and continue down First to Pierce Field.

Anyone who plans to participate in the parade is asked to arrive at 9 a.m. on Cambridge near Third Avenue to be directed to the lineup, Robey said.

The Grandview Baseball Softball Association season will kick off immediately following the parade at Pierce Field and other locations.

The municipal pool will open for the season at 1 p.m. May 25.