Several Memorial Day 2018 events planned in Grand Rapids area

James Smith a member of Lima VFW Post 1275 plays during a burial ceremony of World War II veteran William Spacer of Lima at Gethsemani Cemetery

Memorial Day services announced for the area

Historic Fort Snelling: Memorial Day Weekend activities 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. Saturday through Monday. A Memorial Day Service will be held at historic Oro Grande Cemetery.

American Legion Caledonia Memorial Post 305 will organize the Memorial Day parade and events in Caledonia on May 28.

Harrison's Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 28th at the Veterans Freedom Park at 200 West Main Street across from the County Building. Participants will then gather at Manchester Elementary School to form a parade, preceding to Factory Point Cemetery at 11 a.m. for a brief ceremony. The VFW will hold a service beginning at noon at the VFW Post 1275, 124 E. Elm St., Lima where wreaths will be laid in honor of our fallen veterans. The program will begin with a welcome by Commander Lyle Gordon followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, a reading by Legion member Bob Belden, a reading by Auxiliary member Mary Belden and a selection by the West Central Band. Pastor Jim Young will conduct the invocation. Ely Presbyterian and St. John Lutheran choirs will join to perform the national anthem and other musical selections. Past events have included guest speakers, local dignitaries, certificate presentations, vocal performances and taps. The Effingham Elks Club will hold a large American Flag. The program will be held at the Effingham Performance Center.

The program features the Altamont Community Choir, Coles County Barbershop Choir, Mattoon JROTC Color Guard, Marylynne and Gratton Toliver, Robby Sams, Bruce Banister, Janet Poe, Larry Wilson, Judy Burrow and Matt Burrow.

The annual Memorial Day weekend parade in Westcliffe is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade will return at 1 p.m. Keynote speaker Lt. Col. Sean Gustafson, retired U.S. Army National Guard. Music provided by the Altamont Community High School Band.

While Woodhaven doesn't mark Memorial Day with a parade, residents do turn out to an annual ceremony.

The annual Memorial Day parade steps off from Hood Commons at 11 a.m. and ends at MacGregor Park on East Broadway where traditional services will follow. If there is thunder and lightning, the ceremony will be held at Rochester Village Hall. The Commander of the post is Marvin Forbes and the Chaplain is David Cox.

Members of Lima VFW Post 1275 firing squad left to right Roger Lamb Butch Brewer Ray Magnus and Dick Coon stand at attention during a burial ceremony of World War II veteran William Spacer of Lima at Gethsemani Cemetery
Several Memorial Day 2018 events planned in Grand Rapids area

Metropolitan Avenue will once again serve as the site of the Forest Hills parade, set for Sunday at 12 p.m. - an 11 a.m. opening ceremony in front of the neighborhood's American Legion post at 107-15 Metropolitan Ave. will precede it.

Many towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year that incorporate military personnel and members of veterans' organizations.

Members of Lima VFW Post 1275 firing squad, left to right, Roger Lamb, Butch Brewer, Ray Magnus and Dick Coon, stand at attention during a burial ceremony of World War II veteran William Spacer of Lima at Gethsemani Cemetery. 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 potluck lunch will begin at St. Francis Hall in Toledo immediately after the proceedings at the Winlock Cemetery.

Mashpee: Ceremony will be at 10 a.m.in Veterans Garden in Mashpee Community Park, 13 Great Neck Road North. The center is located at 4800 Memorial Drive in Beverly Hills. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and traverse Grand Ave. with veterans, service groups, horses and lots of patriotism. Sacred Heart Cemetery, Route 30; 10 a.m.

The guest speaker is Retired Rear Adm. Jay DeLoach, who has received a number of military decorations during a career that included squadron and Pentagon leadership positions.

Talmoon area honor guard ceremonies sponsored by the Perry-Heide VFW Post 9703 will be held at 8:45 a.m.at Wirt; 9:25 a.m.at Sand Lake; 10:10 a.m.at Donnely; 10:50 a.m.at Jesse Lake; 1130 a.m.at Marcell; and 12:10 p.m.at Suomi.

Ada - 10 a.m. "Something 4 Cutie" is the band that will play starting at 11 a.m. with a break for the wreath drop. Also being highlighted in the parade are John Lind, the distinguished veteran of the year, Pearl Harbor veteran Russell Shields, and St. Clair Shores Veteran of the Year Stanley Kokuba, who served at D-Day.

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