2018-05-27 / Insight

Lapeer County honors fallen warriors

BY PHIL FOLEY
810-452-2616 • pfoley@mihomepaper.com

LAPEER COUNTY — While some people think Memorial Day weekend is an excuse to fire up the grill and get the boat in the water for the first time, its significance is much deeper. In the wake of America’s bloodiest conflict, the Civil War, Americans began gathering in cemeteries in the late 1860s to remember their dead and with 620,000 casualties there was scarcely a town or village untouched.

The residents of Waterloo, NY are credited with holding the first Decoration Day, as it was originally known, observance in 1866 and two years later the Grand Army of the Republic, a Union veterans’ group moved the observance of Decoration Day from May 5 to May 30 where it stayed for 103 years. In 1882 the holiday was renamed Memorial Day and in 1971 it became a federal holiday observed on the last Monday in May.

May 28 veterans groups and others will gather across Lapeer County to honor those who gave the last full measure of devotion to their county.

ALMONT

American Legion Post 479 will hold a memorial at 11 a.m. at Burley Park on the corner of West St. Clair and Branch streets. An open house and hot dog lunch will follow at the Legion Hall at 117 School House St.

DRYDEN

The Dryden Veterans Club will lead the Memorial Day parade at 10 a.m. from Dryden Elementary School, south on Mill Street and then east on Main Street to the Veterans Park. The club will host a lunch for veterans and their immediate family at the club, 4223 S Mill Rd. Veterans will unveil a new memorial to the community’s war dead at the park.

IMLAY CITY

American Legion Post 135 will hold a memorial ceremony at 10 a.m. in front of the Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library at 211 N. Almont Ave.

LAPEER

Lapeer’s Memorial Day parade lines up at 9:30 a.m. near the Flint River bridge on East Nepessing Street. A brief ceremony for naval dead will be held at 10:55 a.m. and then the parade will head west on Nepessing Street to Veterans Memorial Park across from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

American Legion Post 16 members will gather at the post (at 1701 W. Genesee St.) at 7 a.m. and then hold ceremonies at Mt. Loretta Cemetery at 7:45 a.m.; Green Corners Cemetery at 8:15 a.m.; Dawn Memorial Cemetery at 8:30 a.m.; Stiles Cemetery at 9 a.m.; and Mt. Hope Cemetery at 9:20 a.m.

NORTH BRANCH

American Legion Post 457 will hold a ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial in Clifford. At 11 a.m. they will gather at Blackburn Chapel Funeral Home on Huron Street and march to Francis Baldwin Park where the 32 names of North Branch’s war dead will be read. A lunch for veterans and their families will follow at 11:45 a.m. at the veterans’ hall, 4075 Huron St.

OTISVILLE

Members of American Legion Post 321 will gather at the Forrest Township Hall, 130 East Main St. at 11:45 a.m. and march with the LakeVille Memorial High School Band to the Veterans Park for a ceremony at noon followed by hot dogs and snacks hosted by the Emanuel Baptist Church at the township hall.

OTTER LAKE

Members of American Legion Post 504 will gather in front of the Otter Lake Fire Dept. Hall at 6373 at 10 a.m. Detroit St. and march to the Veterans Memorial on Genesee Street at the south end of Otter Lake for a brief ceremony.

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