Memorial Day parade pays tribute to fallen Officer Derbin, an Army veteran

EUCLID, Ohio (WJW) – Residents across Northeast Ohio are spending Memorial Day honoring the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

This year, one community is continuing that tradition, but still feeling the pain from a recent loss of a fallen police officer and Army veteran.

It’s an annual tradition in the city of Euclid, but this year, it has an extra special meaning.

“My father was very involved in the Euclid Veterans Association, tons of military and police in the family and we normally have about 30 people who come with us, but nobody wanted to brave the weather today and we decided to still come out and support our poor officer and the officers that are still putting their lives on the line every day,” said Michelle Pinzone.

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The rainy weather eventually gave way to brilliant sunshine. The community came together to honor fallen heroes in their community.

This year was extra emotional with the death of 23-year-old Euclid Police Officer Jacob Derbin in the line of duty, who was also a member of the Ohio Army Reserves.

“I think everyone has grown closer together and just wanting to be more of a community, more of a family,” said Euclid resident Dynesha Stoder-McDonald.

“I’ve been coming out since I was born, so just continuing to bring out the kids and keep the tradition going,” said Shannon Whiting

The parade included police officers, firefighters, veterans groups and student organizations from Euclid High School.

Rather than march down Lakeshore Boulevard, the parade route went directly past the Euclid police station where a memorial for slain officer Jacob Derbin continues to grow.

“It hit closer to home, we live right around the corner and the it’s sad for both sides, so just to be around the community and show our support,” said Stoder-McDonald.

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“We’re trying to teach them the meaning of the holiday and obviously they like getting candy,”  said Whiting.

The parade ended with a solemn ceremony in front of the Euclid Veterans Memorial honoring the more than 140 veterans who lost lives in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam and Iraq wars.

The theme of the parade was, “all gave some, some gave all.”

By watching the faces of the people who attended this morning, they truly honored the ultimate sacrifice that so many have made for the community.

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