Lansing cancels city's annual Memorial Day parade

An annual downtown Memorial Day parade in Michigan's capital city has been canceled because of declining interest in participation, organizers announced, and plans now call for expanding an annual cemetery ceremony to include a formal procession.
AP Wire
May 18, 2014

Alfreda Schmidt, who co-chairs the city's Memorial Day Parade Committee, said it "saddened us to have to make that decision."

Six groups, including two military organizations, committed to participating in a parade this year, down from 17 last year, she said.

"We thought that if we can enhance the experience on a personal level, we'll all better understand what Memorial Day means to us," Schmidt said of plans for the event at Evergreen Cemetery. "We're not saying no to Memorial Day, we're saying this is Memorial Day."

The city remains a sponsor of Memorial Day activities.

"By including the procession into the ceremony at Evergreen, I believe we will provide for a more enthusiastic acknowledgment of our fallen heroes while maintaining a solemn reflection," Mayor Virg Bernero said in a statement.

The noon procession is scheduled for May 24 and will be followed by the ceremony, which this year has the theme "Always Remember Never Forget." The keynote speaker will be Larry Meyer, a retired naval officer who chairs the Lansing Community College Board of Trustees.

Comments

happycamper

No Memorial Day Parade for Lansing? and our July 4th fireworks almost didn't make last year, its getting hard to find money and people to get involved to make things happen, I am ashamed of our country,

jlebrasseur

Everything is about profit these days instead of giving back to your community for the better good of all. Nobody is willing to sponsor or participate in anything anymore unless they get something in return.

nextdoor

Fruitport old fashioned days is non profit run by fruitport lions club.they have a nice memorial day parade. start at 2:00PM I believe come early as they do close some roads

Straightjacket

This is indicative that their are more suckers and leaches in society than givers. Producers to society contribute we tax the people that are working. If there is no free ride and free party for someone to attend it is because more people are sucking resources than those that have to contribute. Liberal tears are dropping. Workers are giving. And there is still a problem ? People are idiots.

happycamper

My wife and i went to the Santa Parade this past year, it was cold out there, near zero degrees and the wind blowing, i was really surprised how many people showed up, we really enjoyed the gathering, it showed that people still care, glad to live in a small town like Grand Haven !!!

Ole

Memorial Day, hhmmnn, what's it all about? Oh, that's right, it's about remembering those Veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice, they gave their lives. John 15:13. So, an article in GHT about Lansing not having a parade, but ironically (unless I've missed it) GHT has not printed one article regarding the growing scandals concerning the Veterans Administration's abhorrent care for living veterans in dire need of medical attention.
The incredible thing about the whole story is it's not primarily the sorely neglected veterans themselves who have decided to speak up. The whistleblowers have been those in the rank and file of the organization (VA) whose conscience has been pricked to the point where they had to speak up. Amazing those veterans have not stooped to the popular ME, ME, ME cry we hear from so many screaming with their hands out. I wonder if we'll be hearing anything from VA facilities in MI?

Ole

I just remembered, the VA is guvrun healthcare, get ready America, you wanted it, you got it, dem's shoved it right thru and right down your throat.

happycamper

I see where your at, but you have to stay positive my friend !!

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