More than 60 community groups will march Monday, May 28, in Powell's annual Memorial Day observance.

The parade steps off at 10 a.m. May 28. City Council members will head out about 15 minutes prior to the parade, walking the route and handing out American flags.

The parade route will begin at the north end of Grace Drive and head west to North Liberty Street; marchers then will turn south on Liberty Street to Olentangy Street, where the parade will head right to end at the railroad crossing on Olentangy Street.

Residents should expect delays and road closures before and during the event, city spokeswoman Megan Canavan said.

A ceremony will be held immediately following the parade at the Greater Powell Veterans Memorial in Village Green Park, 47 Hall St.

Retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. David Neal will serve as the keynote speaker.

Neal served for 10 years in units specializing in training, ordinance and the Corps of Engineers, Canavan said. In 2012, he deployed to Guatemala and also was deployed as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2014-15.

The Delaware County Air Force Junior ROTC will provide the color guard and the Olentangy High School marching band will provide music for the service.

A flag-retirement ceremony led by Powell-based Boy Scout Troop 428 will conclude the service.

"We actually have a fire pit nearby and they do the proper flag-retirement ceremony," Canavan said.

The Olentangy Rotary again will host its field of flags. The group, for the second straight year, will place about 100 flags in the park, which remain there all weekend.

"It's a beautiful display to honor our fallen heroes. The Rotary is an all-volunteer organization and they spend Friday putting the flags in the ground," Canavan said. "We invite our community to pay tribute to our fallen heroes and the parade is always a great way for the community to come together to show that support."

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