Bill Sisco, adjutant at American Legion Post 771, is hoping accessibility will give people an opportunity to participate in some of the Memorial Day events in Heath.

Bill Sisco, adjutant at American Legion Post 771, is hoping accessibility will give people an opportunity to participate in some of the Memorial Day events in Heath.

"They need remembered," Sisco said of those who served.

Community members in Heath and other neighboring areas will hold parades, ceremonies and even a balloon release to honor fallen military personnel May 31 and during the days leading up to the holiday.

Heath will celebrate beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Heath United Methodist Church, 1149 Hebron Road, where American Legion Post 771 will honor troops with a firing squad, taps and a posting and retrieving of the colors.

In Newark, an annual balloon release was scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Newark Memorial Gardens. Festivities will continue with a parade that will start at 10:15 a.m. Monday at Everett Park and conclude at Cedar Hill Cemetery, where a 10:30 a.m. veterans ceremony will be held. A veterans service will be held 9 a.m. Monday at Mount Calvary Cemetery, along with a 10:30 a.m. service at St. Joseph's Cemetery.

Events also will be held in Granville. A parade will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Opera House Park, at South Main Street and East Broadway. Participants will march to Maple Grove Cemetery, where services will be held.

Services will begin in Pataskala with a prayer and wreath laying at 10 a.m. Monday at the entrance of the Pataskala Cemetery. The service will continue with a reading of memorial names, a prayer service and a wreath laying at 10:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial on Main Street. Members of local churches will conduct prayers, and Scout members will help with events.