News & Events

Upcoming Events

April 30 & May 1, 2022 - Tunnel Tours

May 2022 - Annual Flower Planting

May 30, 2022 - Traditional Memorial Day Ceremony

June 19, 2022 - Juneteenth Celebration at the Monument

SOLD OUT

Tours for this year are sold out. The stand-by line on the days of the event will not be guaranteed a tour, we will make every effort to fill all available time with additional tours. The Memorial Room is available to tour year round Tuesday through Sunday 10am to 5:30pm.

2022 Tunnel Tours

Beneath the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Public Square lies a labyrinth of historic tunnels that support the immense structure above. Throughout the year thousands of visitors walk through the Memorial Room, and on the grounds, not knowing that below them is an engineering marvel holding, in perfect position, every stone and tablet for more than 127 years. For one weekend only, the tunnels are open for tours, April 30th and May 1st, 2022, beginning at 9:00 A.M. and ending at 6:00 P.M. (Last tour block starts at 5:00 P.M.).

Tickets reserve your place in a specific tour block, a stand-by line will be available throughout the weekend, while every effort will be made to accommodate all visitors, stand-by does not guarantee a tour.

Please arrive no more than fifteen minutes before your tour block.

Proceeds will benefit the new exterior lighting project at the Monument.

Visitors under 5 years of age will be free and must be accompanied by an adult (limit two children per accompanying adult) no ticket is required for the child.

Remembering Neil K. Evans

The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument Commission mourns the passing of Neil K. Evans, former Commissioner and Past President of the Monument Commission. Neil passed peacefully at the age of 85 on Sunday, December 26th. Neil served the Monument as a Commissioner from 1993 through 2011 and served our nation as a Navy officer aboard mine sweepers during the Korean War and at the Bay of Pigs.

Neil enjoyed a 37-year career as a colorful and artful litigator at Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP beginning in 1964. Neil received his B.A. with honors in history from the University of Rochester and his J.D. and LL.B. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

During his career and following his retirement from HLP, Neil served as President of several civic non-profits including the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable, the Ohio History Connection, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Early Settlers Association and the English Speaking Union. Neil was also an Elder in his Presbyterian Church and a member of the Rowfant Club, an esteemed bibliophilic society.

As a Commissioner of the Monument, particularly in his role as President, Neil was the guiding force in preserving and promoting the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument. Leading the 2009 renovation and restoration, Neil brought color and luster back to the memorial room and repaired long overdue issues with the roof structure, securing the finest Civil War Monument not located on a battlefield, for generations to come. Neil's tenacity in pursuit of the funding and completion of the project is highly regarded in Cleveland's cultural community. Ted Prasse, current Monument Commission President stated "We remember and honor Neil for his devotion. It was Neil's deep and abiding love for the history of the Civil War and the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, dedicated to honoring the memory of those from our county who served, that drove his passion to carry their stories into the future."

Neil is the loving father of Elizabeth H. Evans (Joseph Love) of White Plains, NY, Henry K. Evans (Candace) of Sioux Falls, SD and Margaret C. Manning (Barton) of Arlington, TX; dear grandfather of Jeffrey, Susan, Luke, Katie, Maria, David, Audrey Anna and Trey; great-grandfather of Noah; dear brother of Beth Simmons of Lakewood, CO; uncle to Eleanor, Emily, and Stephen; long-time friend Ann Herbruck of Cleveland Heights.

The family prefers that those who wish may make contributions in his name to Cuyahoga County Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument Commission, 401 Euclid Avenue, Suite 46, Cleveland, OH 44114.

Past Events

Patriotic Santa

This holiday season the Cuyahoga County Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument is presenting "Patriotic Santa" as a free public event. Join this historically accurate Civil War Santa pulled from the pages of Harper's Weekly.

Take a photo with Santa for free on your personal device from 11:00am to 6:00pm during Winterfest, November 27. Santa will also be available from 11:00am to 1:00pm December 4, 11, and 18.

In 1862 and 63 Thomas Nast, an illustrator for Harper's Weekly merged the elfin imagery from his native Germany and the European mythology of Santa Clause to create what we know of today as the American version of Santa.

Join Us and Experience Patriotic Santa

November 27, 2021 - 11:00am to 6:00pm

December 4, 2021 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

December 11, 2021 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

December 18, 2021 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

20th Anniversary of 9/11/2001 Terror Attack Remembrance Ceremony

The Remembrance Ceremony will began at 8:30 am inside the memorial room of the Monument marking the time of each of the significant moments in the timeline of September 11th, 2001. At 11:00 am the proceedings moved outside to the Northwest corner of the Monument's esplanade where a formal Memorial service was held.

Program of the Day's Events - Click Drop Down Arrow

Part 1 - Inside Monument 8:30am to 11am

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Each time below will be marked by the playing of taps, followed by a solemn moment of reflection lead by a local faith leader, and when time allows there will be a reading of short biographies of some of the Ohioans lost on 9/11.

8:46am - Presentation of wreath for Flight 11 (North Tower Hit)

9:03am - Presentation of wreath for Flight 175 (South Tower Hit)

9:37am - Presentation of wreath for Flight 77 (Pentagon Hit)

9:59am - South Tower Collapsed

10:03am - Presentation of wreath for Flight 93 (Downed at Shanksville, PA)

10:28am - North Tower Collapsed

10:50am - Pentagon Collapsed

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Part 2 – Outside Monument 11:30am – Apx. 12:30pm

11:25am - Musical Prelude - Where were you when the world stopped turning

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11:30am -Start of 9/11 Memorial Service

Order of program

1 - Welcome by Tim Daley - Retired Executive Director

2 - Remarks by Greg Palumbo - Executive Director

3 - Presentation of Colors

4 - Musical Selection - National Anthem

5 - Pledge of Allegiance

6 - Invocation

7 - Presentation of Wreaths recognizing those lost during each significant event of the morning.

5 - Presentation of wreaths representing the sacrifices made by each of these military branches during the 20 year War on Terror.

8 - Musical Selection - Amazing Grace

9 - Keynote Address - Rev. Dean Kavouras, Pastor, Christ Lutheran Church, Cleveland


Rev. Dean Kavouras is pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Cleveland, and serves as chaplain for Cleveland police, fire and EMS, 1995 to present. Kavouras also served as chaplain to the FBI (Cleveland Division) from 1997 till 2014. In that latter capacity he was deployed to Shanksville PA for the recovery of UAL Flight #93, and later to NYC for the recovery of the WTC. In New York Chaplain Kavouras was assigned to the Freshkils Landfill on Staten Island where all debris from the towers was brought to be examined. There he rendered emotional and spiritual support to all who were in need. Chaplain Kavouras is the author of: "Nine One One The Aftermath: The Word Works" which recounts his 9/11 experiences. He and his wife Barb have 3 children, 10 grandchildren, and 1 great granddaughter.


10 - Remarks by Ted Prasse, President of the Cuyahoga County Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument

11 – Benediction

12 - Taps by John Young of Bugler's Across America

13 - Closing Remarks


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Ohioans Honored in Our 9/11/2001 Memorial Exhibit Accompanying the Day's Ceremonies - Click Drop Down Arrow to See Those Included

In preparation for the Cuyahoga County Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument’s 9/11 Memorial Ceremony, the Monument is looking to connect with Ohio residents who have a personal connection to the events of 9/11 or know a former Ohio resident whose story should be remembered as part of the ceremony. To date, Monument staff have compiled the names of 13 Ohioans whose stories will be presented and highlighted on a display inside the Monument. The names to be honored include:

1. William Moskal, 50, of Brecksville, Ohio

2. Kathleen "Kit" Faragher, 33, grew up in Russell Township

3. Joseph Heller, 37, grew up and lived in Rocky River

4. Peter E. Mardikan, 29, in-laws live in Parma

5. Christina Ryook, 25, grew up in Westlake

6. Debbie Medwig, 46, formerly of North Olmsted

7. Susan Getzendanner, 58, grew up in Shaker Heights

8. John Hart, 38, lived in Cuyahoga Falls and worked in Cleveland

9. George Spencer III, 50, grew up in Shaker Heights

10. Todd Weaver, 30, grew up in North Canton

11. Terrance Michael Lynch, 49, grew up in Youngstown

12. Lt. Col. David Scales, 44, lived in Cleveland and Berea

13. Wendy R. Faulkner, of Mason, Ohio

Story Submissions: Ohio residents are encouraged to share information about someone whose story they would like to be remembered as part of the 9/11 Memorial Ceremony by contacting Executive Director Greg Palumbo. Greg can be reached by phone at (216) 443-3754 or email at gpalumbo@cuyahogacounty.us.