Salutes to veterans on tap this Monday
|Imlay City veterans Andy Lupo, Butch Earehart and Tom Davis stand at attention during last year’s Memorial Day ceremonies in Imlay City.|
May 26, 2010TRI-CITY AREA — Citizens from across the area will pause on Monday, Memorial Day, to honor the men and women in uniform who made the 'ultimate sacrifice' and gave their lives in service to this country.
Parades, ceremonies and gun salutes are planned in Imlay City, Almont, Capac and Dryden.
In Imlay City, veterans and others will parade through town starting at 10 a.m. beginning on Fourth St. at Almont Ave. From there they'll proceed east to Main St., south to Third St. and west to Almont Ave., stopping at the monument in front of the Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library for a short ceremony including wreath-laying and gun salutes.
Additional salutes will then be given at the Imlay Twp. and Sacred Heart cemeteries.
Prior to the parade and ceremony, the Imlay City VFW will host a free breakfast for all veterans at their hall (598 N. Almont Ave.) from 7:30-9 a.m.
In Almont, annual ceremonies at Burley Park will commence at 11 a.m. The park is located at St. Clair and Branch streets. Music, special readings and a gun salute are planned.
Following the ceremony, everyone is invited to the American Legiona Hall on School St. for free hot dogs, chips and beverages.
In Capac, the traditional parade will travel down Main St. beginning at 10 a.m. Line-ups start at 9:30 a.m. at the Capac Middle School. Any veteran who would like to march in the parade is asked to meet at the Legion Hall at 9 a.m.
The marchers will travel east on Aldrich St. to Main where they'll stop at the monument in front of Kaatz Funeral Home for a short ceremony.
Following that, participants will move to the Capac Cemetery, south of town, for a wreath-laying ceremony and gun salute. The legion will serve lunch for veterans following the memorial events.
In Dryden, veterans will host a Memorial Day breakfast at their hall, 4223 S. Mill, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The parade will march through town at 10 a.m., traveling from the elementary school to the Dryden Township Library where a short ceremony will be held.
At 10:10 a.m., the skies will come alive with a flyover, courtesy of Selfridge Air National Guard Base.
Participants will then head to the cemetery for a gun salute and wreath-laying ceremonies.
Ice cream will then be served at the fire hall.
Maria Brown joined the Tri-City Times staff in 2003, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Calvin College. Born and raised in Imlay City, she now resides north of Capac where she enjoys working on the farm, gardening and reading.