Clare, Farwell, Harrison honor those who died for our freedom

May 31, 2018

Members of Clare VFW Post 5738 Honor Guard lead the Clare Memorial Day Parade into Cherry Grove Cemetery for services.

Members of Clare VFW Post 5738 Honor Guard lead the Clare Memorial Day Parade into Cherry Grove Cemetery for services.

By Steve Landon

This past weekend American’s were relaxing and enjoying the great outdoors with family and friends often forgetting the reason behind the holiday. Memorial weekend is more than the unofficial kick off to summer, it’s a time to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we so often take for granted. On Monday area residents and visitors ignored sizzling hot temperatures in the mid 90’s to attend parades and services at local monuments and cemeteries to remember all those fallen men and women who gave their lives so we might enjoy our freedoms.

In Clare this year’s ceremony stared out at the City Park veterans memorial followed by the traditional parade to Cherry Grove Cemetery led by the Clare VFW Post 5738 Honor Guard. Pastor Jim Young delivered the opening prayer followed by featured speaker, Michigan National Guard Captain Lori Fasset. The Clare High School Band provided music at both locations and marched in the parade.  A 21 Gun Salute and the playing of Taps concluded this year’s tribute.

In Farwell Memorial Day activities included a parade and ceremony at the Village Park Memorial Sponsored by the Farwell VFW Post 3039 and the Clare/ Farwell American Legion Post 558. The program officially got underway with local and visiting youth in attendance leading the gathered crowd in the saying of the Pledge of Allegiance. Following the ceremony the VFW and American Legion Honor Guard performed a rifle salute. The Farwell High School Band marched in the parade, played music and performed taps.

In Harrison Veterans Freedom Park hosted its third annual Memorial Day service since opening in 2016. In addition to speeches and ceremonies’ there was reading of the names of those killed in action from Clare County, a flag folding ceremony, and a traditional program from the American Legion 404 and VFW Post 1075. A visit to Maple Grove Cemetery for a service followed the ceremony at Veterans Freedom Park.

Thanks to the Clare County veteran groups, local law enforcement agencies, and many volunteers this year’s Memorial Day events were a complete success.
While another Memorial Day Holiday is behind us it is important we remember all those who have and continue to serve our great nation.

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