Area communities will observe Memorial day on Monday. Here are some of the observances and celebrations being planned.
The theme for Rapid River's Memorial Day celebration is Life/Liberty/United We Stand. Memorial services will be held at the following cemeteries by members of the American Legion Post 301: Group 1 - Ogontz at 8:30 a.m., Isabella at 9 a.m., Stonington at 10:15 a.m. and Rapid River at 11 a.m. Group 2 - Nahma at 8:30 a.m., Isabella at 9 a.m. and Indian Point at 10:15 a.m.
Photo courtesy of Pam Belanger
Everett Belanger, a member of Cub Scout Pack 488 of Rapid River, salutes after placing a flag on the grave of his great-grandfather, Everette Johnson. The veteran was a private in the U.S. Army during World War I. The Cubs placed flags on the graves of all veterans in the Rapid River Cemetery early this week.
Activities in the park will start at 10 a.m. and include Abra Cadabra Arcade jumps, Splat-U-Later, petting zoo, Krusin Klassics Car Show, a performance by Superior Pipes and Drums, Sons of Union Veterans displays and food and refreshments. Four township bingo in the pavilion will take place from 2-4 p.m. Raffle drawing is scheduled for 6 p.m. The South Main Street activities will kick off at noon with a flag raising, queen crowning at 12:05 and grand marshal selection at 12:45 p.m.
The 6th annual Run for Joe registration is at 7 a.m. with race start time at 9. For registration information, contact Amy or Ken Micks at (906) 474-9001.
The parade will line-up in front of the Omni Center (North Main Street) with a parade start time at 1 p.m. For parade and park information, call 474-9731 or 474-6983.
The Delta County Veterans Council will conduct Memorial Day ceremonies beginning with a visit to Holy Cross Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. Monday. Services at Lakeview Cemetery, Veterans Memorial in Ludington Park and the Escanaba Yacht Harbor where a wreath will be cast on the water will follow.
The Council will conclude with a ceremony at the Gardens of Rest Memorial Park at 11. Master of ceremonies will be Craig Woerpel with opening remarks given by Rene Lippens, Vet Council Commander, and invocation by Jerry Housemann of the Marine Corps League. Boy Scout Troop 414 will assist with the ceremony. Kelly Smith will sing the National Anthem.
Guest speaker will be Jamie Segorski, Escanaba Public Safety captain.
The ceremony will conclude with a rifle salute by AMVETS Post 123 and TAPS by Brian Wood.
Refreshments will be served at the Gardens of Rest following the ceremony.
For more information, contact Lippens at 789-1059.
Escanaba River American Legion Post 115 services for Memorial Day include: Watson at 9 a.m., Northland at 9:30 a.m., and Flat Rock (Escanaba Township) at 11 a.m.
Dale LaPalme of Hermansville is the main speaker at the Memorial Day exercises, Monday, May 27 at the Riverside Cemetery in Faithorn and the Meyer Township Cemetery in Hermansville.
LaPalme will speak at Faithorn at 9 a.m. and at Hermansville at 11:15 a.m. LaPalme was born in Escanaba, 1949 and went into the Army in March of 1969. Graduated with the rank of E-5 from Mechanics School at Fort Belvoir, Va. Went to Vietnam in March of 1970 and was sent home in September after running over a land mine with a grader and was sent to camp Zama, Japan, and onto Brookes Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas with burns to 38 percent of his body and a fractured ankle.
He is a member of numerous veteran organizations.
Schoolcraft County All-Vets Memorial Day program will be held at the Veterans memorial site at 11 a.m. Master of Ceremonies will be Richard Ketcik. In case of rain, services will be held at the Manistique High School gym on schedule. The Schoolcraft County All-Vets will perform Memorial Firings starting at 9 a.m. at Lakeview Cemetery, proceeding to Fairview Cemetery, then onto Lakeside Park (across from Big Boys).
Blue Star flags are available for all service personnel, spouses and parents. Please contact the VFW Post 4420 at 341-6793.
The memorial ceremony will be carried live on WTIQ Radio AM 1490.