Services, parades planned across West Michigan

Krystle Wagner • May 26, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Memorial Day will be recognized with services and parades around West Michigan. Here’s what is happening locally:

Grand Haven church service

A Service of Remembrance will take place at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 15395 Rannes St. in Spring Lake Township, at 6 p.m. Sunday. An offering will be taken and donated to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

Grand Haven parade and ceremony

The annual parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday.

Given the construction at Waterfront Stadium, this year’s parade will travel from Harbor Drive along Washington Avenue to Fourth Street.

The post-parade ceremony will happen at Central Park. Since seating at the park will be limited, ceremony attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

This year’s grand marshal is Gerry Tripp, and honorary marshals include John Begert, George Bennett, Terry Grotemat, Dewie Jordan, James Land, George McCarthy, Robb Meints, Darrel Myers, Chester Simons, Norm Spring, Louis VanRaalte, Dale VanZantwick, Robert VerMurlen and Sam Young.

The Gold Star parent is Hilda Zimmerman, the mother of Lt. William Zimmerman. Gold Star parents in attendance will honor Spc. Shawn Gajdos, Sgt. Ernest Moore, LCpl. Mark VanBeukering, Cpl. Donald McGowan Jr. and Pfc. Stuart Zysk.

The orator is Boatswain’s Mate Master Chief Justin Olson of the U.S. Coast Guard. 

The flower bearers include Maya Deaton, Avery Kelly, Anne Rowland, Clara Schamper, Annabelle VanDoorne and Kody Vis. The Hooligans — piloted by Tom Hibiske, Bill Klungle, Chuck Stauffer and John Workman — will perform an aerial flyover.

The Rev. Michael Goers will give the invocation and benediction during the ceremony. Dave Carlson will read Gen. Logan’s Memorial Day Orders and George Bennett will read Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

Keegan Aerts and Ashley Streng will give the poppy tribute, and Cloe Weigel will read “In Flanders Fields.” David Takitaki will perform “God Bless the USA.” The Grand Haven High School band will also perform during the ceremony.

Duane Smith will read a roll call of veterans who have died in the past year. “Taps” will be sounded by Carson Bretz and Hannah Smith.

Wreaths will be placed at the park’s World War I and Fallen Heroes monuments. Boy Scout Troops 246 and 165 will raise the flags on Washington Avenue and at the Grand Haven Community Center.

Trolleys will provide transportation to ceremonies at the Veterans Memorial and the Grand Army of the Republic Lot at Lake Forest Cemetery.

Spring Lake parade and ceremony

The parade will leave Harvest Bible Church at 11 a.m. Monday.

From there, the parade will travel east on Exchange Street. It will turn south on Lake Avenue, east on River Street, continue on North Fruitport Road and end at the Spring Lake Township Cemetery. A ceremony will be held at the cemetery.

Jack Gardner is this year’s grand marshal.

During the ceremony at the cemetery, Ted Fricano will give the invocation and benediction. He will also read the names of veterans who have died in the past year.

The Spring Lake middle and high school bands will also perform during the ceremony.

Fruitport parade and ceremony

A ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Fruitport’s Pine Hill Cemetery.

The Memorial Day Parade begins at 2 p.m. It will leave Fruitport Middle School and travel east on Pontaluna Road, continue south on Third Avenue and turn right on Park Street. From there, the parade will turn right on Sixth Avenue and end at Fruitport High School.

The 2018 Fruitport Old Fashioned Days king and queen are Steve and Holly Wilson. Steve is a former varsity football coach.

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