Memorial Day is a day to remember and honor those that gave their lives while defending our country. It’s also a day to remember all those that have served and are now deceased. Inside this issue are the names of veterans buried in area cemeteries, and we honor them with this issue of The Cedar Springs Post, on page 11. If you know of a veteran’s name that is missing from the list, please let us know and we’ll add them for next year.
There will be several memorial activities and ceremonies taking place this weekend that residents are encouraged to take part in:
The Cedar Springs Historical Society is holding its 11th annual Memorial Cemetery Walk on Sunday May 29 at 2:00 pm to honor veterans of all wars. This years veterans will be Grats Allen, Spanish American War; John Tisdel, Civil War; Glen Doyle, WWI; Wesley Lewis, WWII; Robert Engel, Korea; Danny Hanna, Vietnam. Biographical and historical information will be presented at each gravesite. The American Legion honor guard will assist at the presentation. Plan to leave from the museum in Morley Park at 1:30 p.m. and return there for refreshments. If there are severe weather warnings, they will cancel the event. If it rains, the presentations will be done in the museum.
The American Legion Glen Hill Post #287 in Cedar Springs will hold their annual Memorial Day program on May 30, with Michigan state Representative Peter MacGregor as guest speaker. They will be at Elmwood Cemetery at 9 a.m., Solon Cemetery at 10 a.m., East Nelson Cemetery at 10:45 a.m., and Veterans Memorial Park, (corner of Main and Oak in Cedar Springs) at 11:30 a.m. There will be no program at the senior center this year. In case of bad weather, services will be held in the American Legion Hall at 9 a.m.
The Sand Lake/Cedar Springs Tri-Corner Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7912 will have ceremonies on Monday, May 30. They will be at the VFW Post in Sand Lake at 10:30 a.m., and then in Pierson Cemetery at 11 a.m. The Tri County Marching Band will also participate if weather permits.
Algoma Township Cemetery at 10515 Grange Ave., at 1:00 p.m. The service will honor all veterans and members of our armed forces with special recognition to two local servicemen killed in action in Vietnam—Daniel Louis Behm, and Craig Yates. The American Legion will present the colors and give a 21-gun salute, and the Boy Scouts and Civil War reenactment group will also be in attendance.
The Sparta American Legion Post #107 will hold a Memorial Day program on Monday, May 30, at 10:30 a.m. in Lamoreaux Park, 150 Park Street, in Sparta. Services will include the Sparta high School Band, Color Guard, Boy Scout Troops, and American Legion members. Special feature presentation “The Cost of Freedom” performed By Dana C. Smith and The Life Express.”