May 24, 2020 - Memorial Day 

Dear Neighbor: 

Our Annual South Euclid Memorial Day Parade has unfortunately been cancelled because of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. However, the spirit of the parade will live on in a very special video we've produced to honor our Veterans and all those who have worked so hard to get us through these challenging times.

Please take a few minutes to view the video posted below.

Today we pay tribute to those who have served, are serving, and most importantly - those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while in service to our country. On this Memorial Day, we call attention to the true meaning of our City's historic War Memorial (located near the entrance to the Euclid Creek Metroparks) -  that today and every day we should honor our fallen heroes, guard their legacies and recognize the sacrifices of all of our Veterans. 

We are truly living in unprecedented times. Yet through this pandemic and economic downturn, the "can-do" spirit of South Euclid residents has been overflowing with creativity, generosity, charity and an incredible willingness to help one another. In South Euclid, our country and all over the world we have witnessed the countless examples of humanity, empathy and compassion of millions who have given and shined forth upon this diverse and wonderful Earth.

On behalf of Sou
th Euclid City Council and all of your First Responders and Public Servants, we extend our heartfelt thanks to each and every resident for all that you do to make our world a better place to live - and South Euclid a great place to Come Together & Thrive.  

Stay safe and healthy.
With gratitude,
Mayor Georgine Welo
  • Our heartfelt thanks to all that contributed their videos and photos for this special project!
  • Please scroll down and take a few minutes to view the video and special poem. Please feel free to share with family and friends! 

Our Memorial Day Video


A Memorial Day Poem from Doc Janning, South Euclid's Poet Laureate


Our Nation's Flag
                  raised on high
then half-staff
                 'til Noon it flies
sweet, plaintive notes
                 of "Taps" are played
echoing, sounding
                 all about
cut off pylons
                and graven plinth

to wake silent voices
               voices of stones
intoning names
               in hallowed space
              in a thousand ways

the tender, the kind
             the witty, the brave
the road they chose
             to future unknown

ceremonies of innocence
            left behind

cut-off lives
           and put-off joys

now shades filing past
          in columns and rows

now writ in history
                  written in stone

the stones murmur sorrow
                 and whisper sadly of cost
of battles we won
                 and lives . they lost

We ask them to speak
                ask what they recall

From their past they ask 
                let future flow

that the price they once sought
               we may yet know

a thing unknown 
               but longed for still

We've a journey to take
               a destination we seek
sowing seeds for a future
               a harvest of compassion

a future to create
               a future of peace

a future for which
               they . gave . ALL

By Doc Janning
South Euclid Poet Laureate
15 May 2020
A Special Memorial Day Update from the City of South Euclid

Georgine Welo, Mayor
phone: 216.381.0400

South Euclid City Council
Joe Frank, President, Ward 2 City Council
Marty Gelfand, Council-at-Large, President Pro-Tem
Sara Continenza, Ward 3 City Council
Jane Goodman, Ward 4 City Council
Ruth Gray, Ward 1 City Council
Susan Hardy, Council-at-Large
Justin Tisdale, Council-at-Large
City of South Euclid Website
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