Memorial Day events

The observance of Memorial Day in Grand Haven began Sunday night with a special church service at St. John's Lutheran Church, and will continue Monday with several parades and ceremonies in the area. Church bells will toll at 9:25 a.m. Monday to set the tone for the Memorial Day tribute in Grand Haven. At 9:30, a World War II-era Harley-Davidson motorcycle will front the Coast Guard Color Guard to lead the annual parade from the corner of Sixth Street and Washington Avenue, then west on Washington to Waterfront Stadium.
Mark Brooky
May 30, 2011


At the stadium, the Memorial Day service will begin soon after the conclusion of the parade. Retired U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Kenneth Kelly will read the roll call of 140 local veterans who have died in the past year, followed by three volleys fired by the Veterans of Foreign War rifle squad and “Taps” sounded by a bugler.

The public is then invited to follow the local veterans organizations to the Veterans Memorial at Y Drive for a short ceremony. Harbor Transit buses will be available to transport people to the final tribute at Lake Forest Cemetery’s Grand Army of the Republic lot.

The annual Memorial Day parade in Spring Lake will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday. The public and all veterans are invited to join the parade, which starts at the corner of Buchanan and Exchange streets, travels east on Exchange, turns south on Lake Avenue to River Street, east on River, then north on Fruitport Road to Spring Lake Township Cemetery. Following the parade, a memorial tribute to all veterans will be held at the cemetery. Winners of the 2011 Memorial Day essay contest will writings read aloud at the cemetery.

In Fruitport, a veterans service will take place at the local cemetery at 10 a.m. Monday. The Memorial Day Parade, part of Fruitport's Old Fashioned Days festival, will begin at noon. The Michigan Veterans Moving Wall will be on display at Pomona Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.

Look for photos and coverage of the Memorial Day activities in Tuesday's edition of the Grand Haven Tribune, and more photos and videos from the events online.


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