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Memorial Day services at the Legion


 

By Judy Reed

The threat of rain forced Memorial Day services to be held inside the Cedar Springs American Legion Glen Hill Post this year instead of at area cemeteries. “The flags are made of wool and are hard to get dry,” explained Commander Bill Gregones.

The Cedar Springs Marching Red Hawks were in attendance, and this year’s speaker was Nelson Township Supervisor and longtime resident Colonel Tom Noreen. “Standing with the Marching Red Hawks (band) 45 years ago, as a tuba player, at a similar Memorial Day ceremony, little did I realize I would be speaking at it in the future,” he said. Noreen also didn’t imagine at that time that he would serve 26 years in the Army.

“Scripture tells us that there is no greater love than a man laying down his life for his friends,” Noreen told the crowd. “The men and women we honor and remember today have proven that they are not just friends to us Americans, but they are friends to men and women around the world.

“I’ve seen the endless crosses at Normandy, the markers in the Punchbowl and the tombs at Arlington. The changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown, as they honor the fallen heroes without name, and those who rest in places unknown. They each have stories to tell. From our founding Revolution to today’s Global War on Terrorism, over one million men and women in the Armed Forces have sacrificed their lives, while defending America in time of war.”

Noreen said he felt that there is one thing that people tend to gloss over about Memorial Day is that these people died for our freedom. “While the semantics of how they died, why they died or where they died can become blurred by those seeking to minimize their sacrifice, the reality is that they died in serving the very country that allows for the freedom to belittle their heroic actions.”

Services were scheduled all across the area, including Algoma, Sand Lake, Pierson, and Howard City.

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Lest we forget


This Civil War monument stands in Elmwood Cemetery. Post photo by J. Reed.

This Civil War monument stands in Elmwood Cemetery. Post photo by J. Reed.

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, (click here to download). 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 15th annual Memorial Cemetery Walk on Sunday, May 24, at 2 p.m. to honor veterans of all wars. This year’s veterans will be David Richmond, War of 1812; George Russell, Civil War; Cecil Dorman, World War I; Herold Stark, World War II; Thomas L Marsh, Korea; Michael Woodhull, Vietnam. Biographical and historical information will be presented at each gravesite. The Glen Hill Post of the American Legion honor guard will assist in the presentation. Meet in the museum in Morley Park at 1:30  p.m. Transportation will be provided to Elmwood Cemetery and back to the museum 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 Monday, May 25. 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. In case of bad weather, services will be held only in the American Legion Hall at 9 a.m. Lt/Col. Tom Noreen will be the speaker.

The Sand Lake/Cedar Springs Tri-Corner Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7912 will have ceremonies on Monday, May 25. They will be at the VFW Post in Sand Lake at 10:30 a.m., and at Pierson Cemetery at 11 a.m. Rain or shine.

Algoma Township will hold their service on Monday, May 25, at their Veteran’s Memorial Park at the Algoma Township Cemetery at 10515 Grange Ave., (south of 13 Mile), at 1:00 p.m. The service will include the 3rd Michigan Volunteer Infantry Co. F reenactment group 21-gun salute, Taps, Algoma Baptist Church Choir, and two songs from Dana C. Smith, singer and songwriter, singing “The Cost of Freedom,” and “For those who gave their all.” Refreshments will be served by the Algoma Township Historical Society following the ceremony.

Hospice of Michigan will travel to Metron of Cedar Springs on Wednesday, May 27, and hold a pinning ceremony from 2:30 to 4 p.m. They will recognize three veterans from WWII during this ceremony. They will have 6 AMVETS present who will participate in a POW/MIA ceremony.

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The difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day


 

By Maj. Nicholas J. Sabula, Defense Media Activity

Fort George G. Meade, Md. (AFNS)—There are lots of reminders out there that Memorial Day is about more than a day off or barbecue. It’s also about more than thanking everyone who served or waving flags. The truth is, many people confuse this day with Veterans Day.

This day is about one thing—our fallen warriors.

Congress officially set Memorial Day as the last Monday in May. How ironic that we mark the start of our summer season of fun with the day devoted to the memory of those who perished in the fight for the principles of freedom.

Why is Memorial Day so important? Here are some thoughts:

One thing I think people tend to gloss over with this day—these people died for freedom. While the semantics of how they died, why they died or where they died can become blurred by those seeking to minimize their sacrifice, the reality is that they died in serving the very country that allows for freedoms to belittle these heroes.

They gave of themselves, paying the ultimate sacrifice. This is the day for a grateful nation to remember their service and what it represented.

I think of the power in the memories we hold to the actions taken that were long forgotten by others.

I think of Marine Corps Maj. Megan McClung, who died while serving in Iraq. She embodied her personal catch-phrase of “Be bold, be brief, be gone.”

I think of our Medal of Honor recipients, who all remind us that the recognition is not for them, but for their comrades who are no longer with us.

The greatest honor we can bestow is remembering their gift. For me, experiences have shaped how meaningful the day is.

Long, long ago, I served as a member of the honor guard, covering a three-state region of Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska. Our team was incredible in the manner in which we would drive for hours to the location, then suddenly put our game face on in preparation for a funeral. Except it wasn’t a game to us.

The crisp folds in our nation’s flag, the sharp salute and presentation to the family on behalf of a grateful nation, and the 21-gun salute that shattered the silence was only shared with sobs and strong hearts during that instance.

We honored their passing; but also gave reverence to their important honorable service to this nation.

Though the M-1 Garand rifle was heavy and the snow would be knee-deep at certain locations, we never lost cadence, never lost focus. Whether a bitter -40 degrees or a sweltering 100 degrees, they would become part of this day we now hold as a federal holiday.

Since then, I have been shaped by additional experiences of loss. Whether saluting a hero’s flag-draped coffin as it’s carried onto a C-17 Globemaster III for their journey home, or experiencing the grief of learning of the loss of colleagues, it’s never easy when it hits you.

It really struck home about four and a half years ago, while in Afghanistan.

I’m not going to go into the details, but I will say that personally witnessing the death of a comrade when there’s nothing you could do stays with you forever. I don’t talk about it much, but it’s why the day is so important to me.

This day is for them and for those who served among them. For me, this day is also a time to reflect on all the sacrifice our military family as a whole has made.

Sgt. 1st Class Shannon’s family back home will never be the same; they are now a Gold Star family. His Army unit felt his loss. While our military and our country continue on, Memorial Day is a reminder that he and all the heroes we have lost mattered.

Service and sacrifice. This is my day to reflect on those I’ve encountered and those I never will. This is a day to simply remember.

This article was originally published on May 23, 2014, at www.af.mil.

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A Day to remember


Residents gathered at cemeteries and other locales Monday to remember those who died in the service of our country, and all those that have made our freedom possible.

The American Legion Glen Hill Post #287 held services at Elmwood, Solon, and East Nelson Cemeteries and the Cedar Springs Veterans Park. Assisting with the service was the American Legion  Honor Guard, the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion and the Boy Scouts.

Services were also held in Algoma Township, Sand Lake and Pierson. The Cedar Springs Historical Society held their annual cemetery walk in Elmwood Cemetery on the Sunday before Memorial Day.

 

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The Post goes to the Indy 500


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Some of our readers to the north took the Post on an adventure Memorial Day when they went to the Indianapolis 500. The Indianapolis 500-Mile Race is held annually at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. The event is held over Memorial Day weekend, which is typically the last weekend in May.

Pictured in no particular order is Pat Perry, Barb Gould, John and Kathy Goodin and grandson Cameron, and Norma Keech. The group is from Pierson, Sand Lake, and Newaygo. Thanks for taking us along!

If you have are going on a trip, take a Post with you and get a photo, then send it to us with some brief info. You can send it to: news@cedarspringspost.com.

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A Day to remember


 

Residents gathered at cemeteries and other locales Monday to remember those who died in the service of our country, and all those that have made our freedom possible.

The American Legion Glen Hill Post #287 held services at Elmwood, Solon, and East Nelson Cemeteries and the Cedar Springs Veterans Park. Assisting with the  service was the American Legion  Honor Guard, the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion and the Boy Scouts.

Services were also held in Algoma Township and Sand Lake. The Cedar Springs Historical Society held their annual cemetery walk in Elmwood Cemetery on the Sunday before Memorial Day.

 

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Lest we forget


N-Memorial-ActivitiesMemorial 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, click here to download. 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 13th annual Memorial Cemetery Walk on Sunday, May 26, at 2pm to honor veterans of all wars. This year’s veterans will be Cyrus Fleck, Civil War; Charles Davis, Spanish American War; Royal Kent, WWI; Charles Crites, WWII; Dwight Shier, Korea; LaVern “Bill” Avery, Vietnam. Biographical and historical information will be presented at each gravesite. 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 27, with 5th District Senior Vice-Commander Rex Lambert 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. In case of bad weather, services will be held only in the American Legion Hall at 9 a.m. The Cedar Springs High School Marching Band will also do several songs.

The Sand Lake/Cedar Springs Tri-Corner Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7912 will have ceremonies on Monday, May 27. They will be at the VFW Post in Sand Lake at 10:30 a.m., and will then be at Pierson Cemetery at 11 a.m. The Tri County Marching Band will also be on hand.

Algoma Township will hold their service on Monday, May 27, 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 VFW Post 3946, 3rd Michigan Volunteer Infantry Co. F reenactment group, Algoma Baptist Church Choir, and other participants. The service will honor the second and final list of 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. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony by the Algoma Township Historical Society.

 

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Beach remembers


Adults weren’t the only ones last week honoring those who served our country.

Beach Elementary (2nd and 3rd graders), in Cedar Springs, made a memorial wall called Beach Remembers. In honor of Memorial Day, staff and students at Beach Elementary brought in pictures of loved ones who have served in the military or who are currently serving in the military. Students also wrote a message on note cards to the service men and women thanking them for their service.

 


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How do you memorialize?


Pastor Craig T. Owens

Calvary Assembly of God

810 17 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs

www.cscalvary.orghttp://craigtowens.com

 

Memorial Day is just as it sounds: a day for memorializing. It is important for us to remember the past, and honor our heroes, or else, as George Santayana said, “Those who don’t remember history are doomed to repeat it.”

So without discounting Memorial Day at all, I’ve been wondering about how to create memorials for the other 364 days of the year. A year ago I gave myself the challenge of writing down three unique things everyday for which I was thankful. I did this publicly on my blog so that everyone could see my list of 1095 things as the year progressed. That was helpful, but perhaps not the most practical.

Then I read this verse in the Bible about a memorial. The Israelites had just accomplished something great with God’s help, and their leader Samuel wanted to make sure that they never forgot how God had helped them. So the biblical account says, “Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far has the Lord helped us’” (1 Samuel 7:12).

Samuel set up a stone, and he named it. (By the way, the word Ebenezer simply means “helper.”)

So this is what I’m doing to try to memorialize the blessings for which I am grateful. It might be a coffee mug that memorializes a special family trip, or perhaps a bookmark that a child made for you on Father’s Day. Or, maybe it’s a dried flower from the wildflower arrangement your daughter picked for you.

The point is not what the “stone” is, but the memory or blessing it signifies. Set it up and name it. And then express your gratitude for it every time you see it or use it. I have found that we can never count our blessings too often, nor can we ever be too grateful to the God who provides them.

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Did we miss your veteran’s name?


Each year the Post prints a list in the Memorial Day issue of veterans buried in area cemeteries. Due to a technology glitch last year, there were several we missed. If we missed your vet, or if you have one that’s never been listed, please send us their name, note if they served in a war or conflict, and what cemetery they are buried in. They do not need to have been killed in battle to be listed.

Email the info to news@cedarspringspost.com, and put Veteran’s Day in the subject line. Include your name and phone number in the email. Or, send to PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

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