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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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Lest we forget


Residents will gather at this monument in the Algoma Township Memorial Park, located across the street from Algoma Baptist Church, on Grange Avenue Monday for Memorial Day services. The park was dedicated last Memorial Day. 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, on pages 11-14. 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 having its 10th Annual Cemetery Walk, Sunday, May 30 at 2:00 p.m. to honor veterans of all wars. This years veterans will be Ebenezer Jewell, War of 1812; John Roys, Mexican/American War; Alfred Plumb, Spanish/American War; Abram S. Tuttle, Civil War; Frank VanLew, World War I; Russell, George and William Schultz, World War II; Charles Haynes, Korean War; Thomas Kemp, Vietnam War.  Biographical and historical information will be presented at each gravesite. The Glen Hill Post #287 of the American Legion honor guard will assist at the presentation. They will leave from the museum in Morley Park at 1:30 p.m. and return there for refreshments at the completion of the walk. If there are severe weather warnings, the event will be canceled.

The American Legion Glen Hill Post #287 will be holding services in several area cemeteries on Monday, May 31, and has done so for over 35 years. They will be at Elmwood Cemetery at 9:00 a.m., Solon Township Cemetery at 10:00 a.m., East Nelson Cemetery at 10:45 a.m. and the Senior Citizens Center on Elm Street in Cedar Springs at 11:30 a.m. The Cedar Springs High School band will be on hand, and the guest speaker will be Gerald Dennis, a 1963 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, past department commander, and past 5th district commander of the American Legion. In case of bad weather, the services will be held in the American Legion Hall at 9:00 a.m.

The Sand Lake/Cedar Springs Tri-Corner Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7912 will also be having ceremonies on Monday, May 31. They will be at the monument next to 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.

Algoma Township will hold services at Memorial Park, on Monday, May 31, at 1:00 p.m. on 10516 Grange Ave., next to Algoma Township Cemetery. Services will include the American Legion Rockford Post 102, V.F.W. Post 3946, 3rd Michigan Volunteer Infantry Co. F-Civil War, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. There will be a tribute to Algoma Township servicemen that were killed in action: Elmer Badder (WWII), Arden R. Ives (WWII), Dennis Merryman (Vietnam), James “Jimmy” Murrell (Vietnam), and Daniel Louis Behm (Vietnam).

The Sparta American Legion Post #107 will hold a Memorial Day program on Monday, May 31, at 10 a.m. in Lamoreaux Park in Sparta. Services will include the Sparta high School Band, Color Guard and Firing Squad, Boy Scout Troops, and American Legion members. We will gather to honor veterans of all wars and those who did not make it home after serving our country. Please join us in remembering American heroes.

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