September 19, 2019

Veterans to be remembered through parades, cemetery visits


ARENAC COUNTY — For Memorial Day residents of Arenac County will have several ways to honor the fallen and deceased who have served our country.

Au Gres will first host its Memorial Day parade May 26 at 1 p.m. Lineup will begin at 12:15 at the city docks, and the parade will head down US-23 from Water Street and end at Au Gres-Sims school, where a program will be conducted. Cash prizes will be given for the top three floats, and kids who decorate and ride their bikes in the parade will receive a free ice cream cone coupon. Call 989-876-6688 to enter the parade or for more information.

The Arenac County Veterans of Foreign Wars will then host a parade in Standish May 27 at noon, starting at Airpark Drive and traveling down M-61 to the Arenac County Building, where a short ceremony will take place. Lineup will begin at 11:30 a.m.

“It’s a somber parade honoring those who died in wartime,” said VFW Auxiliary President Sandy Harrow.

A potluck luncheon will follow the parade at the Standish American Legion hall.

Local veterans will also be conducting several cemetery visits May 26-27. The veterans will first assemble at the American Legion hall and proceed to cemeteries according to the following schedule May 26:

• Cedar Valley Cemetery, 8:45 a.m.

• Omer Cemetery, 9:30 a.m.

• Linwood Cemetery, 10:15 a.m.

• Sims-Whitney Cemetery, 11 a.m.

The next day the veterans assemble at the American Legion at 7:30 a.m., and will then split into two groups to visit cemeteries in the northern and southern parts of the county. The May 27 visits are scheduled as follows:

South group

• Resurrection of the Lord Catholic Cemetery, 8 a.m.

• Saganing Cemetery, 8:20 a.m.

• Pine River Cemetery, 9:10 a.m.

• Arenac Township Cemetery, 9:40 a.m.

• Gibson Township Cemetery, 10:30 a.m.

North group

• Woodmere Cemetery, 8 a.m.

• Polish National Cemetery, 8:25 a.m.

• Sterling Cemetery, 8:50 a.m.

• Clayton Township Cemetery, 9:30 a.m.

• Alger Cemetery, 10:20 a.m.

• MediLodge of Sterling, 11 a.m.


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