Area communities plan Memorial Day events, parades

MECOSTA, OSCEOLA COUNTIES — Local area communities will remember those who died while serving the United States on Memorial Day, May 27.

A number of events and parades are scheduled to commemorate the sacrifices of the fallen in Mecosta and Osceola counties.

Big Rapids

The American Legion Post No. 98 Honor Guard and Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 18 will host the city’s annual Memorial Day commemoration event from 10 a.m. to noon.

Ceremonies start at 10 a.m. at the Mecosta County Courthouse on Elm Street.

Immediately following the ceremony, a parade will take place. The parade will proceed west on Elm and north on Michigan Avenue to the DAV Hall. A brief ceremony and wreath laying, honoring fallen soldiers, will then be presented. The parade will proceed to Highland View Cemetery before concluding with another ceremony.

For more information, call (231) 598-6400.

Beginning at noon, going through 2 p.m., the AmVets Auxiliary Post No. 1941, 320 S. Fourth Ave., will host its annual chicken barbecue event.

Carryout options will be available, as well as dine-in. The menu includes half chicken, homemade baked beans, rolls and butter and potato salad. The cost is $10 per person.

For more information, call (231) 796-6998.

Mecosta

The village’s annual parade will start at 11 a.m. at Fate’s Mini-Mart, 198 E. Main St., and end at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Following the parade and ceremony, at noon, there will be a free community hot dog luncheon at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1050, 1050 W. Main St.

For more information, call (231) 972-2767.

Barryton

A parade will begin at Barryton Elementary School, 19701 30th Ave., at 10 a.m., and then proceed to the American Legion Post No. 473. The parade includes members of the American Legion Post and Auxiliary, the Chippewa Hills High School marching band, Barryton Community Fire and Rescue and other community groups.

Ceremonies at the Legion post will begin immediately following the parade, with an opening prayer from the post chaplain, recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and a short address by the post commander. A wreath will be laid at the post’s veterans memorial, a rifle squad will salute and “Taps” will be played by the marching band. Events will conclude with a concluding prayer and the singing of “God Bless America.”

For more information, call (862) 824-5225.

Morley

Line-up for the Morley Memorial Day parade begins at 9 a.m. at the Kinney Park gazebo, with the parade beginning at 9:30 a.m. The parade will proceed from the center of Morley west on Jefferson Road to Aetna Township Cemetery.

Once the parade participants have all arrived at the cemetery, at approximately 10 a.m., a ceremony will take place. After the ceremony, the public is invited to American Legion Post No. 554, 2560 Northland Drive, Morley, for free hot dogs and ice cream.

Reed City

The parade line-up will begin at the Reed City Area Chamber of Commerce parking lot, 200 N. Chestnut St., at 8:30 a.m. The parade will begin at 9 a.m.

Call the chamber with questions at (231) 832-5431.

Evart

The parade, hosted by Evart VFW Post No. 7979, will start with a 10 a.m. service at Guyton Park, at the intersection of Main and Fifth streets.

The service will involve the Evart High School band, a message and a 21-gun salute. The ceremony will continue with a parade down Main to the U.S. 10 bridge, where a wreath will be placed into the river.

The procession will continue to Forest Hill Cemetery and conclude at the VFW post.

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Posted by Tim Rath

Tim is the Pioneer's associate editor. He also coordinates the Family & Friends, Religion and Veterans pages. He can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8386 or by e-mail at trath@pioneergroup.com.

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