Lenawee County communities prepare for Memorial Day parades and ceremonies

Parades and ceremonies honoring those who gave their lives serving in the military will take place on Remembrance Day, Monday, May 30. Communities in and around Lenawee County have planned the following services:

Adrian

WHAT: Parade and ceremony.

WHEN: 11 a.m.

DETAILS: The parade, organized by Disabled American Veterans, will form up at 10:30 a.m. at Adrian’s Armory and depart at 11:00 a.m. heading east on Maumee Street to Monument Park, where a ceremony will take place. State Representative Bronna Kahle, R-Adrian, will be the guest speaker at the ceremony.

Blissfield

WHAT: Parade, ceremony and chicken dinner.

WHEN: Parade at 11 a.m. downtown and ceremony at noon at Pleasant View Cemetery.

DETAILS: American Legion Station #325 will host a parade through downtown Blissfield and across US 223 beginning at 11 a.m. that will travel to Pleasant View Cemetery along High Street at the west end of the village, for a ceremony beginning at noon. . The Legion will also partner with Port-A-Pit and offer BBQ Chicken Meals from 11 a.m. until sold out at the post, 451 High St. Meals are $12 per person and will be offered to patrons take out and take out.

brooklyn

WHAT: Parade and ceremony.

WHEN: 10 a.m.

DETAILS: There will be a parade in downtown Brooklyn.

cement city

WHAT: Parade and ceremony.

WHEN: 11 a.m.

DETAILS: The parade will begin at Cary and Jackson Streets, then descend Woodstock Street to Main Street and end at the Village Hall where a ceremony will take place.

clinton

WHAT: Parade and services.

WHEN: 10 a.m.

DETAILS: The parade starts at Kehoe Road and Currier Street. It will go north on Currier Street and west on Michigan Avenue to Burton Street. There will be a dedication at Veterans Memorial Park, followed by a ceremony at River Side Cemetery for the Unknown Soldier.

Members of Adrian's American Legion Post No. 97 Color Guard prepare to fire a 21-gun salute during Adrian's Memorial Day Ceremony at Monument Park on May 31, 2021.

Deerfield

WHAT: Parade and ceremony.

WHEN: 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

DETAILS: People will gather at 8:30 a.m. at American Legion Post 392. A 9 a.m. service at St. Alphonsus Cemetery will be led by the Reverend Jeffrey Poll. There will also be a ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at Deerfield Township Cemetery at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. For the parade, gathering will be at all four corners and the parade will begin at 10 a.m. and proceed to the bridge, then to the Legion, followed by the laying of wreaths. After the ceremonies, the Boy Scouts will pull the flag back to the Legion.

Township of Fairfield-Weston

WHAT: Parade and ceremony.

WHEN: Bike judging contest at 8:30 a.m., parade starts at 9 a.m.

DETAILS: Adrian American Legion Post #275 will be sponsoring Memorial Day activities. A parade will start at 9 a.m. in Weston and will be followed by a ceremony. A bicycle decorating contest for all ages begins at 8:30 a.m. The Township of Fairfield Fire Hall will be open for refreshments. The Township Citizen of the Year Award and the American Legion Post 275 Citizen of the Year Award will be presented. State Representative Bronna Kahle, R-Adrian, will be the guest speaker.

Hudson

WHAT: Ceremonies and chicken dinner.

WHEN: 10:30 a.m.

DETAILS: A ceremony at Calvary Cemetery will feature the Reverend Todd Koenigsknecht, pastor of Sacred Heart and St. Mary on the Lake, as guest speaker and include the band from Hudson High School and other students from the secondary school and Sacred Heart School. The program will end with a military salute and tap dancing. The honor guard and bugle will meet at Maple Grove Cemetery for a short program.

At noon, the American Legion Post will host a BBQ Chicken Dinner which will include chicken, potato salad, baked beans and a bun for $10. All are invited.

There will be no parade due to the American Legion Post 180 not having enough members capable of leading the parade and a lack of community participation, according to a post on the Legion post’s Facebook page.

Morenci

WHAT: Parade and chicken dinner.

WHEN: 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

DETAILS: The parade will begin at 10:00 a.m., head east on Main Street, turn north on North Street (M-156) and end at Oak Grove Cemetery. Children are invited to dress in red, white and blue and decorate their bikes, carts or strollers to join the parade. No motorized vehicles for children are allowed. During the parade, there will be a break at the Bean Creek Bridge for a ceremony honoring sailors who have died at sea. Prior to the parade, American Legion Post Morenci will hold a ceremony at Wakefield Park. A barbecue chicken supper will open at 12:30 p.m. at Legion Station, 9010 Morenci Road. Dinners include chicken, potato salad, baked beans, and a bun for $11.

Members of the Onsted American Legion Durkee-Seager Post No. 550 and the Onsted American Legion Auxiliary participate in the Onsted Memorial Day Parade, May 31, 2021.

Onsted

WHAT: Parade and ceremonies.

WHEN: Noon.

DETAILS: Services begin at 9:00 AM and are held in central Rome, Church of St. Michael and All Angels and Sanctuary of St. Joseph. The parade will begin at noon at Onsted’s American Legion Post, 333 Connor Street, and will be followed by free veterans’ hot dogs and hamburgers at the Legion Post.

Palmyra

WHAT: Parade, memorial service and pancake breakfast.

WHEN: 9 a.m. for the parade and 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the annual Fire Department Pancake Breakfast.

DETAILS: Between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m., the Palmyra Township Fire Department and Firefighters Association will be offering their annual pancake breakfast at the fire station, 4276 Rouget Road. Meals for adults are $6, seniors and children are $4, and veterans can eat free. Meals come with buttermilk pancakes, sausages and a choice of coffee, milk or orange juice. Indoor and outdoor seating, weather permitting, will be available. Breakfasts will also be served for take-out and drive-thru customers.

The parade begins at 9 a.m. at City Hall, 6490 Palmyra Road, heading to Rouget Road, heading south then west on US 223 to Palmyra Main Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at the cemetery. All parade participants are asked to arrive at Palmyra Township Hall no later than 8:30 a.m. There will be a competition for anyone 15 years of age or younger with the most patriotic bicycle, tricycle or unicycle as well as a competition for the most patriotic floats for all ages. Prizes will be in cash.

Supervisor Dave Pixley or Clerk Christine Whited can be contacted at 517-605-1121 or 517-260-8628, respectively, with any questions.

Riga

WHAT: Parade and ceremony.

WHEN: 2 p.m.

DETAILS: American Legion Post #325 in Blissfield will sponsor and lead a parade and ceremony around the Riga Township Cemetery along Cemetery Road. There will be bikes and walkers in the parade around the cemetery. A short service is expected.

Veterans of Foreign Wars member Tim Scheurer rings the bell in honor of fallen veterans May 31, 2021, during Tecumseh's Memorial Day ceremony at Brookside Cemetery.

Tecumseh

WHAT: Parade and service.

WHEN: 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

DETAILS: The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and will travel through Tecumseh to Union Street, then north to Brookside Cemetery where the service will be held. There are 68 participants in the parade this year, including the Tecumseh High School Band, pipe bands, the 126th Army National Guard Band and classic cars from all wartime periods. An overflight will be carried out by vintage military aircraft. The ceremony at the cemetery will begin at 11 a.m. and two World War II veterans, Faye Greene, 101, and Bob Green, 98, will be honored.

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