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Lest we forget

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 many of the veterans buried in area cemeteries (though not all), and we honor them with this issue of The Cedar Springs Post. 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. (Download list here)

There are a few memorial activities and ceremonies taking place this weekend, though not as many as in prior years.

The Cedar Springs Historical Society will NOT hold its annual Memorial Cemetery Walk this year. They hope to return next year.

The American Legion Glen Hill Post #287 in Cedar Springs will hold their annual Memorial Day program on Monday, May 31, but will only visit two locations. They will be at Elmwood Cemetery at 9 a.m., and Veterans Memorial Park, (corner of Main and Oak in Cedar Springs) at about 9:30 a.m. Returning this year is the Avenue of Flags, displayed in Elmwood Cemetery, with each flag representing a veteran who has served and passed away. 

Algoma Township: Take a Walk Through the Algoma Township Cemetery. They will be putting out flags on the veterans gravesites and also Civil War markers on those who fought in the Civil War. The Memorial Day service will not take place again this year because the groups that participate in the service still are not getting together yet. We hope that next year we can go back to our regular Memorial Day service. We encourage everyone to take a portion of your day to visit the cemetery and remember those who served and paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

Sand Lake: The Sand Lake VFW disbanded this year. We have no info on whether any other post will have services in any of the area cemeteries. 

Sparta will host its annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 31 at 10:30 am in Lamoreaux Park (256 Park St., Sparta). Veteran Donald Bradford will be speaking and music will be provided by Sparta High School Band. This event is hosted by American Legion Post 107 and Sparta Township Historical Commission.

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