Marysville is prepared to celebrate Memorial Day with a bit of the old and a bit of the new.
The traditional Memorial Day observance will start at 9 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the North Main Street bridge, where a wreath will be tossed into the water to honor veterans lost at sea. Navy veterans will be invited to step up to the bridge when the wreath is thrown into the water.
From there, a Memorial Day parade will step off from the corner of Plum and Fifth streets at 9:30 a.m.
It will travel down Fifth Street to Oakdale Cemetery, where a memorial ceremony will take place, with wreath presentations and traditional military songs played by the Bunsold Middle School band and the Marysville High School band.
The featured speaker will be Alex Rozanski, a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Lima Company, who served in Iraq. Rozanski's brother, Nicholas Rozanski, was with the Ohio National Guard and was one of three 37th Infantry Brigade members killed in action in Afghanistan April 2012.
The commander of the honor guard will read a short poem.
The city has scheduled an open house with guided tours of the new Police and Municipal Court facility at 1250 W. Fifth St. The tours will begin at 11:30 a.m. and will run to 2 p.m.
The city also opened the municipal pool May 25; regular summer hours will start June 3.
City Event Planner Amanda Morris said the pool used to be open Memorial Day through Labor Day but due to budget constraints, it didn't open until after school let out for a few years. "We tried to open Memorial Day last year but had a pump that needed replaced and couldn't get all the parts in time," she said.
The weekend began with a special ceremony at Bunsold Middle School, where the eighth grade class honored local veterans.
The class of 2017 pledged money to help get local veterans into the Honor Flight program, which flies veterans of WWII or the Korean War to Washington, D.C., to view their respective memorials.