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 pages 9-12. 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 will hold its 12th annual Memorial Cemetery Walk on Sunday, May 27, at 2pm to honor veterans of all wars. This year’s veterans will be Martilles Porter, Civil War; Emil Aurin, Spanish American War; Stanley Langford, WWI; Tom Watson Jr., WWII; Thomas Pierson, Korea; Richard Goller Jr., Vietnam. We will leave the museum at 1:30pm and return there for refreshments. If it rains, the event will be held in the museum. In case of severe weather warnings, the event will be canceled.
The American Legion Glen Hill Post #287 in Cedar Springs will hold their annual Memorial Day program on May 28, with 5th District Commander Peter Satterthwaite 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 only 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 28. They will be at the VFW Post in Sand Lake at 10:30 a.m., with a special memorial tribute for Carl Paepke. They will then be in Pierson Cemetery at 11 a.m.
Algoma Township will hold their service on Monday, May 28, at their Veteran’s Memorial Park at the Algoma Township Cemetery at 10515 Grange Ave., at 1:00 p.m. The service will include the Rockford American Legion Post 102, VFW Post 3946, Boy Scouts and other participants. The service will honor Algoma Township’s Civil War Veterans, in keeping with the Civil War anniversary theme. The 3rd Michigan Volunteer Infantry Co. F—reenactment Civil War Soldiers will participate and a walking tour will be held in the cemetery of the Civil War Soldier’s gravesites following the ceremony. We encourage the public to attend to show their support of local veterans.