Memorial Day Parade returns to Olde West Chester

The West Chester Memorial Day Parade returns to the Olde West Chester business district for the first time since 2017. 

Organizers with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7696 and American Legion Post 681 invite residents and families to line the sidewalks and show respect, remembrance, and reverence for our nation’s servicemen and servicewomen Monday, May 31.  

A traditional parade steps off at 10 a.m. and marches south on Cincinnati Dayton Road to West Chester Cemetery (a.k.a. Brookside Cemetery) situated along West Chester Road for the community’s annual Memorial Day ceremonies.

Guest Speaker

This year’s Guest Speaker is Frank Hickman II, a combat veteran who served four years as a commissioned officer in the US Army. He is a charter member of VFW Post 7696, a member of the American Legion, and the Morrow County Joint Veterans Association.

Mr. Hickman served on the board of the Butler County Heroes’ Fund, a combat veterans’ assistance group, and served with teams in the Kairos Prison Ministry. In recent years he has been recognized as the 2020 Delaware County Outstanding Veteran for his community service and the 2019 Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.

Frank and his wife Diane have four sons and they currently live near Waldo, Ohio. 

Parade Details

The Memorial Day Parade promotes a family-friendly atmosphere and is intended to pay tribute to those who serve our country. All participants must agree to follow the guidelines and rules set forth by VFW Post 7696.

Those interested in participating in the parade should read the rules and register online: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b094faba922a4f85-2021 

A presentation honoring those who have served and those who continue to serve in the military immediately follows the parade at West Chester Cemetery where more than 700 veterans, including 100 who served in the Civil War and one who served in the Revolutionary War, are among those buried. 

The parade reverts to its original route with construction on the Olde West Chester Improvement Project mostly complete. The charming, historic district now has a new look with sidewalks on both sides of the street, new pedestrian crossings, wider lanes of travel, and fresh pavement. A “pocket park” is being built at the southeast corner of the Cincinnati Dayton Road and Station Road intersection this construction season to finish out the project.

Motorists should expect road closures on Cincinnati Dayton Road, between Cresthaven Avenue and West Chester Road, and from the West Chester Road intersection 1,000 feet west to the cemetery entrance, between about 10 and 11 a.m. on Memorial Day to accommodate the parade route. 

Guests are kindly reminded to please keep their distance, wash hands and wear masks, when applicable.