Paying tribute

Flags fluttered, the band music sounded, and the crowd cheered.
Julie Angell
May 27, 2014


Those honored Monday during the Grand Haven Memorial Day parade included the VFW Honor Guard, Marine Corps, Army and Civil Air Patrol, World War II veterans, parade marshals, and Coast Guard members.

Hundreds of onlookers shared memories of veterans long gone but not forgotten, and saluted living veterans and current military men and women for their service to our country.

“I’m at the age where as many people are gone as who are here,” said Victoria Luyendyke.

Luyendyke said she always attends the Memorial Day parade to honor the memory of her father and the talents of her son. Memorial Day is her favorite holiday because it commences the beginning of summer and it gives her a chance to remember the important people in her life.

Luyendyke’s father was a first lieutenant in the military and stationed in the Philippines for a few years. Marching down the parade route was Luyendyke’s son, the lead snare in the Grand Haven High School marching band.

Check out the hundreds of photos of Memorial Day activities in the Tri-Cities by clicking HERE.


A couple dressed head to toe in red, white and blue stopped and greeted those around them with a handshake and a smile. The couple - Ed and Phyllis Dault - had brothers wounded or affected by the war in Vietnam. Phyllis gestured to the parade and said that they should be at such events to honor the veterans in their lives.

“I get very emotional at these things,” Phyllis said, wiping her eyes.

Although it was an emotional day filled with memories of lost military men and women, laughter and smiles were also plentiful. War veterans stood alongside the street, sharing memories and warm hugs.

Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and school kids on their bikes ended the parade, waving American flags and leading everyone into the stadium for the ceremony.

Vance Jacot was one of many Boy Scouts greeting the crowd and handing out brochures for memorial services at Waterfront Stadium. Jacot said that for Memorial Day he was remembering his great-great-grandfather who served in World War I.

Memorial Day festivities continued all day as folks attended ceremonies throughout the Tri-Cities that honored those who have paid the ultimate price for their country. 


Nutty Bar

Great job to everyone who put together/participated in the parade and ceremony. Thank you all! Did anyone else see the local Anonymous GHOPS video for Memorial Day? It has a good message. If not, check it out here:


Thank you Nutty Bar. We appreciate the PR. Thank you also to the many citizens who showed up for the parade/ceremony. We are proud to see that our City does NOT forget. Thank you all! One more shout out to the Grand Haven Tribune... good reporting! May we all REMEMBER those we have lost. And as always... FREEDOM FOREVER!

Nutty Bar

No problem. Grand Haven needed to see your video. It obviously (article above in example) does not apply to everyone, but there is a number of people who do not quite get what Memorial Day is all about. We could all use a little "Anonymous". Thanks GHOPS!


I listen to video and had a good message, but who is behind (GHOPS)


We are... the Anonymous GHOPS OperaKips. Thanks for watching (listening).


Both the wife and i did make to the parade, watching all of the people that participated in the parade brought good thoughts and perhaps a tear trickled down my cheek, people do care. after hearing a few other city,s canceled Memorial Day Parade, how sad !!!


Thank you for attending & most of all for REMEMBERING. We agree it's sad some chose to cancel, more than sad, but thankfully Grand Haven did not.


No amount of tribute does justice to those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for us to enjoy the freedoms we enjoy.

Thank God we have men and women who allow us to sleep well when the wolf is at howling outside our door.

Freedom is a precious gift...Thank you to all that serve.


First let me state I am a veteran and my father was a veteran so I do not want to offend anyone. I just want to understand how we use the words defend freedom. Anyone living under the influence of a government is not free. The Russians the chinese the Americans none are free living under government rule. The military does not provide freedom it only protects the government it represents. Try not paying taxes, try driving with a Texas license plate in MI, try not wanting to purchase health care in the US, try not to attend school, try to buy a big gulp in NY, try to take your dog to the beach, etc. anytime people collectively create a government they make rules and these rules limit freedom and the bigger the government gets the less freedom the people have. My hats are off to our military folks they protect our government and thank you for that but they do not protect our freedom because it is the government that takes freedom away. I would like to take a walk down an interstate highway but I guess I am not free to do so. So watch out the bigger government gets the less free you will be and they will use the military to enforce the rules. So where is the freedom we fought for?


As a Vet whose father and brother are also I have to agree, the same government that spends countless dollars telling citizens how much they care for and respect the military is the same government that runs the VA and its killing stations AKA VA hospitals. Most Vets know when you end up there you are going to die from neglect and incompetence and not entirely from whatever disease brought you there.
During my tour if you complained of pain with invisible injuries (such as back pain) you had to watch a 20 minute video with each visit explaining all the ways you could be busted in rank and or sent to Ft. Leavenworth prison for "malingering" if the incompetent boobs at the hospital failed to find the source...most of us would get up and walk out and buy pain meds OTC off base rather than risk being thrown in the slam for attempted dereliction of duty by malingering...and they wonder why pretty much all of us end up with PTSD and a distrust of our government.


This post is in response to Straightjacket & Wolverine49457. Thank you both & your kin for your service. Before we continue we would like to state like Straightjacket that we do not wish to offend anyone. Most of us here at GHOPS have family & friends who have served & are serving. We agree with most of what you have posted. It is disgusting what our vets go through in their times of need. You should all be able to have faith in a system that truly cares & provides what you need to be whole. We are saddened to hear (not just from your posts) that this is not the case. The shameful truth is just as you have both stated. “Anonymous” & Anonymous GHOPS are aware of this. There are many of your brothers & sisters within our collective. We are all doing whatever we can to see this changes. Do not forget the veterans who stood with us during Occupy Wall Street:

Regarding the issue of defending freedom, though what you both say is the reality, it’s not the inherent principle of America. Freedom is a state of mind, not a state of government. If you choose to be free… then you are.

“I believe in the United States of America, as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon these principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.”
-William Tyler Page, The American's Creed

This mindset may cost you severely, maybe even your life, but this is why we say “Freedom Forever”. One should not be afraid to die, & there’s no better way to die than free. The government is supposed to uphold this principle. When it fails at this it is up to all of us, citizens & military alike, to rise up.

“America relies on its citizens to keep it safe. The men and women of armed forces stand ready to defend the nation against threats from beyond our borders. But ignorance, prejudice, & apathy are enemies of our country, too. Do your part to defend those threats by working hard at school. Defend the rights of others. Make your neighborhood, state, and nation good places in which to live.”
-The Boy Scout Handbook, Page 462, courtesy The Spirit of Anonymous (GHOPS OperaKip)

Further more, there are wars which are not spoken of going on now & in the past. Be thankful you are recognized for your service & that your brothers & sisters are memorialized. There are many whose “wars” are peacefully fought for freedom, never to be spoken of & as part of such we also share with you Memorial Day. We ask you to remember Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen, who now has brain damage after Occupy Oakland:

We truly respect you both & applaud you for the statements you have posted. Many Americans have yet to wake up to what you guys & gals go through when you come home. Hopefully in the future we will have resolved this issue… together.


I tip my hat to you wolverine. I respect all are men and women in the armed forces defending our form of government. Maybe one day our government will defend them and keep them safe.


I am not saluting the president or our government, we all know whats its like, but i rather live in America than any other counrty in the world, i have not lived in any other, but look around you, pretty scary. but know what your saying.


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