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. Then, a new flag will be raised.
From services to parades, listed below are events happening in Kent and Ottawa counties for the holiday. They will be held on Monday, May 28, unless otherwise specified. Organized by community leaders Joe Manners and Felix Diaz, the event will begin at 11 a.m.at the cemetery located at 1414 Olive St.in Oro Grande. Immediately after the parade there will be a ceremony in Town Park with live music. Parade will proceed from downtown Irwin to Union Cemetery on Pennsylvania Avenue. In case of rain, the parade will be canceled and the memorial service will be held in the Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium at Ottawa-Glandorf High School.
10 a.m. -4 p.m. - Friends of Lake Mattoon will have a celebration at Lake Mattoon Beach, near Neoga. The parade will travel down West Main Street to North Work Street, continuing to Pine Hill Cemetery.
Troops in the Spotlight: 24-hour event sponsored by Cape Cod Cares for the Troops honoring veterans, Wounded Warriors and Gold Star and Blue Star families. Other speakers include Mark Morgan, Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System Director; William Rhoades, Ft. Musical selections by Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School band.
The town's Memorial Day ceremony will take place on Monday, at 1 p.m.at Monument Park (70th Street and Boulevard East).More news: NFL Players Who Don't Stand For Anthem 'Shouldn't Be In The Country'
A Memorial Day breakfast sponsored by the Legion Auxiliary will be served from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.at the Legion Hall.
United States Air Force, retired, Col. Robin L. Schultze is guest speaker for the ceremony.
Following the service, the annual Chicken Noodle Dinner will be served at the Legion Hall. At the cemetery, an observance ceremony will be held at the Civil War monument. The final service will be at 10:00 a.m.at the Long Grove Cemetery in Maynard, with Elaine VandeVorde giving the Memorial Day address. A noon lunch will be served by the Post 494 Ladies Auxiliary. If inclement weather, program held at 1867 West Dennis Graded School, School Street. (Ginger Pinson / Pioneer Press)Bayport: American Legion parade beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monday at Minnesota 95 and Central Avenue and proceeding north on Minnesota 95, west on Seventh Avenue, south on Fifth Street and west on Fifth Avenue to Hazelwood Cemetery.
1 p.m. - Wilbur Broughton American Legion Post 611, Stewardson, will have Memorial Day services at Stewardson Cemetery.
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Memorial Day - a national observance that dates to the mid and late 1860s - again has many events slated locally and across the coastal region this weekend and on Monday's Memorial Day.
Following the park service, an open house is held at the VFW Post Home on Railroad Avenue.
For those in Moorpark who would like to honor our fallen heroes, Memorial Day will be observed at the Moorpark Veterans Memorial, 608 Spring Road, at 10 a.m. Mon., May 28.
11 a.m. - Brownstown VFW Post 9770 will hold Memorial Day service at the Veterans Wall in Brownstown. Program at the cemetery followed by a gathering at Gallagher Hansen VFW Post 295. It is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. on May 28.
The parade ends at the VFW, 349 S. Walker Way, where a ceremony at 11 a.m. will honor deceased Sun Prairie veterans. The parade will leave from the Pollard School and march to the Elm Street Cemetery.More news: WWE Monday Night Raw preview and schedule
The service will be presented by Post Commander James Bond with the Legion members doing a gun salute.