Memorial Day Observances
Oceana Herald Journal provides a great overview of Memorial Day Services.
"Memorial Day events and activities:
The Mears Methodist Church will host its annual Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast Monday, May 28 from 8-11 a.m. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, apple sauce, orange juice and coffee. Cost is a donation to the church fellowship fund. The public is welcome.
In Ferry Township, veterans will march at each cemetery and do a rifle salute in honor of Memorial Day Monday, May 28. Community members will gather at the North Ferry Cemetery at 9 a.m. before heading to South Ferry Cemetery for a service at 9:30 a.m.
The service will then move to the Otto Cemetery at 10 a.m. Once back in town, veterans will march from the fire barn to the river where they will also give a salute at 10:30 a.m. The memorial service this year will be at the Ferry Wesleyan Church at 11 a.m.
Everyone is welcome to attend the service as well as the stops at each cemetery.
Hart’s Memorial Day service will begin at 11 a.m.
Monday, May 28 in front of the Oceana County Courthouse. Guest speaker will be Lieutenant Jeff White of the Michigan State Police. The parade will proceed to Hart Cemetery where the Hart High School Band will perform.
Hesperia’s Memorial Day services will begin May 28 at the fairground pavilion at 10 a.m. Following the welcome by Master of Ceremonies Paul Hane, a Vietnam veteran, the colors will be raised by area Boy Scouts. The opening prayer will be led by the Post 411 American Legion chaplain followed by the National Anthem to be performed by the Hesperia School Band led by Mark Balcom. Next will be the placing of the wreath along with special music by the community choir. The guest speaker will be Brian Sipple and Sheriff Bob Farber will read “In Flander’s Field.” The Hesperia American Legion Firing Squad will fire a salute to be followed by a performance of “Taps.” The closing prayer will be made by the legion chaplain. Those attending will then be invited to join the Memorial Walk for the ceremony at the White River. Following another prayer, there will be a placing of flowers to recognize those who were lost at sea. Another firing squad salute is planned along with a second performance of “Taps.” The final ceremony will be at the Hesperia West Cemetery with a graveside placing of a wreath, firing squad salute and another performance of “taps.”
The service in Mears will be at the Mears Cemetery Monday, May 28 at 10 a.m. and will include a guest speaker and the Hart High School Marching Band.
New Era’s Memorial Day Parade will begin near the New Era Christian School Monday, May 28 at 9 a.m. The parade will make its way through town and end at New Era Elementary with a brief service where the Shelby High School band will play and the color guard will perform. Guest speaker will be Craig Verschragan. Anyone with old cars or tractors are invited to participate in the parade and should meet at the New Era Christian School at 8:45 a.m. to get in line.
Hancock Street in Pentwater will be lined with community members and visitors as they applaud area veterans taking part in the annual Memorial Day Parade Monday, morning, May 28. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. along First Street with lineup at 9:30 a.m. across the street from the Baptist Church. All veterans, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts are encouraged to participate. The Pentwater school bands will march in the parade and play during the services. Veterans will march south along Hancock Street to the Pentwater Village Marina where a brief ceremony will take place at the water’s edge.
Organizers plan to have a pair of poems read by Pentwater High School students and a performance by the Pentwater Junior High Band before the laying of a wreath in Pentwater Lake with the assistance of the Oceana County Sheriff’s Department Marine Officer. Veterans will then make their way to the village green for a service that will include a performance by the Pentwater High School Band and a speech by Lieutenant Colonel James B. Flowers of Pentwater.
Veterans will complete Memorial Day services with a private ceremony at the Pentwater Township Cemetery. In case of rain all ceremonies will take place at the Pentwater VFW Hall.
Shelby’s Memorial Day Parade will begin Monday, May 28 at 10 a.m. at Thomas Read Elementary School and will proceed to Monument Park, Third and Maple streets. Scheduled guest speakers include American Legion Post Commander Kim Stone and retired Air Force Col. Pete Kelly. A luncheon at the American Legion Hall is scheduled to follow ceremonies at Mt. Hope and Benona Township cemeteries.
The service in Rothbury on Monday, May 28 starts with a ceremony at Our Lady Assumption Cemetery on Winston Road at 9 a.m. Another service will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery on Webster Road.
The Memorial Day observance in Walkerville will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, May 28 with the traditional parade from the high school to Fairlawn Cemetery, west of the village, where a Memorial Day service will take place. The school band under the direction of April Keith will march in the parade along with children with decorated bicycles. The service will include readings by Walkerville High School Class of 2015 members Mandy Achterhof and Cheyenne Kalfsbeek. Veterans are asked to assemble in the high school parking lot at 8:45 a.m."