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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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