Memorial Day events honor vets

Memorial Day services announced for the area

Several Memorial Day 2018 events planned in Grand Rapids area

As we head into Memorial Day weekend, the rows of headstones that mark the final resting place of over 400,000 USA service members should stand as reminders-as should all grave markers at each of our country's 135 national cemeteries-for us to take a moment to set aside our political caterwauling and focus on the objective of the solemn holiday: to honor the men and women who died in battle while serving in the USA military. From 10 a.m. -noon, kids games. They will also install new officers at this ceremony, which is open to the public.

At 8 a.m., a procession will gather at the VFW hall on Caledonia Street to begin a series of brief wreath laying ceremonies at each of the official monuments. VFW's Honor Guard will conduct the raising of the flag, and after the flag is raised, the VFW's Honor Guard Chaplain will give a speech, detailing the background and history of Memorial Day and what it means for veterans. Performers include the Sound of the Rockies Men's Chorus, The Beverly Belles Vintage Singing Trio and America The Beautiful Men's Barbershop Chorus. For more local deals and discounts go to MileHighontheCheap.com.

This year the event is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, and will feature an honor guard, color guard, 21-rifle salute and the playing of taps.

For more information, call the Havelock Tourist and Event Center at 444-4348. It is recommended you bring something that will help you carry the flags with you as place flags to honor the fallen.

The following are some of the Memorial Day programs being held in the area. Civilians, veterans and military members are invited to challenge themselves in friendly competition while helping feed homeless veterans. A ceremony and luncheon is also scheduled in Harrison along with several other special events during the weekend.

Our Lady of Assumption Catholic War Veterans post 1612 will hold its annual Memorial Day Mass on Monday at 8 a.m.at the Parish of St. John Paul II at 39 E. 22nd Street. The parade will travel down Main Street to Summer Street and to the Linwood Cemetery for a ceremony.

Fairmount Heritage Foundation will hold a free tour around Fairmount Cemetery which will highlight the many veterans buried in the cemetery.

Sheldon Coffelt participated in the 2014 “Flags In” ceremony
Sheldon Coffelt participated in the 2014 “Flags In” ceremony

10 a.m. -4 p.m. - Friends of Lake Mattoon will have a celebration at Lake Mattoon Beach, near Neoga. Donations to the Fairmount Heritage Foundation are welcomed.

The ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial Garden, located on Veterans Memorial Drive SW on May 28 at 7 p.m. Ends at Echo Park, Highway 36, for the veteran ceremonial tribute at approximately 10 a.m.

Mechanicsburg Area Veterans Council will hold a Memorial Day parade at 10 a.m., followed by a ceremony at 11 a.m.at the Mechanicsburg Cemetery GAR monument, Marble Street. The parade will last approximately two hours and will feature military units, bands, floats and antique vehicle clubs. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the City Hall auditorium. Event will feature free barbecue lunch, displays of military equipment, go-karts and children's activities, raffle, auto show and chance to send video message to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

¯ The village of Celoron and the Celoron American Legion, Herman Kent Post 777, will be holding a Memorial Day service at the Veterans Memorial in Lucille Ball Memorial Park on Monday at 9 a.m.

At 10:00 a.m., the Aurora Legion and Auxiliary will honor all veterans who have served our country.

The VFW Memorial Day Observance is taking place at the same time Monday at the Evergreen Cemetery downtown. Beginning at 8 a.m. honor roll at the Export American Legion on Kennedy Avenue; 8:30 a.m. Murrysville Cemetery; 9:15 a.m. Hill's Church Cemetery; 9:45 a.m.

The Jersey City Vietnam Veterans Committee will hold a ceremony at Pershing Field from 3 to 5 p.m. on Monday. About 5,000 people attend the ceremony annually.

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