TRI-CITY AREA — Memorial Day—it's that time again to honor the men and women who've sacrificed so much to protect our freedoms.
As they do each year, local communities have ceremonies planned to mark the national holiday on Monday.
In Imlay City, the Memorial Day parade will commence at 10 a.m. and travel from Fourth St. to Main St. to Third St. to Almont Ave. where it will stop at the veterans memorial in front of the Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library.
Veterans and residents will lead local Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday.
There, members of the American Legion #135 and VFW Post #2492 and their auxiliaries will lead the tribute to fallen soldiers. Veterans are welcome to participate in the parade. Rides will be available.
The Imlay City High School band and vocal music students will provide special music.
Ceremonies at the Imlay Twp. and Catholic cemeteries will follow.
In Almont, the American Legion and Auxiliary will host their traditional Memorial Day ceremony at Burley Park (the corner of St. Clair and Branch streets) at 11 a.m.
Soloist David Owens will perform and tributes will be paid to past and current military personnel.
Free hot dogs will be served at the Legion hall on School St. immediately following the ceremony.
In Capac, the American Legion invites all veterans to join them in marching in the Memorial Day parade which will travel through downtown Capac at 10 a.m. Those interested are asked to meet at the Legion hall at 9 a.m.
Participants will then proceed to the Mussey Twp. cemetery on South Capac Rd. for a ceremony.
In Dryden, the parade will commence at the elementary school at 10 a.m. and march to the Dryden Twp. library for their traditional ceremony. From there the procession will move to the cemetery for additional commemoration.
Veterans wish to remind residents that when a flag passes by in a parade they should stand, face the flag with their right hand over their heart and, if wearing a hat, remove it and hold over your heart.
In other Memorial Day-related events, the Memphis Fire Department's Auxiliary will host their annual pancake breakfast on Monday from 7-10 a.m. at the fire hall, 35095 Potter St. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, ham, eggs, orange juice, coffee and milk. Donations will be taken at the door.