Memorial Day parades, events planned for Muskegon area this weekend

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Memorial Day parades, events planned for Muskegon area this weekend

The town is bringing back their Memorial Day weekend parade this year after nearly a two-decade hiatus.

Holy Name Cemetery in Jersey City will be hosting a Memorial Day Mass with the Rev. Msgr.

David Ehlers, commander of American Legion 432, said the ceremony will begin at 11 a.m.at the memorial in the vets hall parking lot, 1000 Main St.

"The eclectic group features a variety of instruments, with all members singing a unique sound that instantly warms the crowd", Bigsby said. The parade will travel along Main Street stopping at Chapman Park for the Memorial Day ceremony and continue to the intersection of routes 1 and 17.

Upon completion of the service, everyone will proceed south on Church Street to East Center Hill Road to Warden Cemetery where a short service will be held.

VFW Post 1592 Commander Butch Jenkins said he and Legion Post 93 Commander Bill Reed plan to note during their presentations that this is the 100th anniversary year of the United States entering World War I as a combatant, following the April 6, 1917, declaration of war with Germany. Upwards of 800 flags will be erected late Friday afternoon and remain through Monday evening at the cemetery. According to Jaclyn Mathias-Jones, of the rotary club, the flags were originally purchased when they hosted the Tuskegee Airman. Two members will be honored with 50 years of service and one with 60 years of service. The day includes a chance to see inside the cockpit of an aircraft, learn about Veteran's experiences and honor those who have served.

Hopefully, those runners will also become spectators and pay their respects during the Memorial Day ceremony and parade.

Organized by the Morrisville Fire Company the parade includes veterans, community organizations, local fire companies and more. He said the placement of the flags is a valuable way to spread the message of the holiday. Due to the solemn nature of Memorial Day, the Legion asks that there be no commercial or political activity in this parade and no candy thrown.

This year's event was just as successful, they said. "This is a way to visualize just how many people in Maryland have sacrificed so we can have our way of life".

The following events are taking place for Memorial Day in McHenry County.

The cornerstone salute event, "Remembering Our Veterans", will take place Saturday, June 3, at the A.W. Buckbee Center at 1 p.m.

Cordova will have services May 29 at 2 p.m.at Zastrow Cemetery.

The Backus American Legion Post 368 and Auxiliary will have Pastor Judy Reitz Gustafson of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hackensack give the Memorial Day addresses at Backus and Ponto Lake cemeteries.

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