Published: Fri, May 25, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Memorial Day 2018 parades and ceremonies in central PA

Memorial Day 2018 parades and ceremonies in central PA

Memorial Day - a national observance that dates to the mid and late 1860s - again has many events slated locally and across the coastal region this weekend and on Monday's Memorial Day.

Every American owes a great debt to the courageous men and women who have selflessly given their all to defend and protect our way of life.

Monday - The annual Memorial Day Service will begin at 9 the Chapel at Mound Cemetery, 1147 West Blvd., Racine.

The American Legion will host their Memorial Day service Wednesday, May 30 at 7 the flagpole outside their building at 5970 Route 7.

The ceremony will follow at 10:00 front of City Hall, located at 305 Miller's Crossing.

Minneapolis: 10:30 a.m. Monday at Lakewood Cemetery, Hennepin Avenue South and 36th Street.

Dubbed the largest such event in the country, the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade - set for Monday - will be a special one this year, as the gathering will commemorate the 65th anniversary of the informal end of the Korean War.

Legionnaires will be at the Walmart in New Bern from 10 4 p.m. both days and at the Havelock Walmart from 8 2 p.m. each day.

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Several high school bands will play during the parade, including ones from Sterling Heights High, Cousino, Henry Ford II, River Rouge and Harper Woods.

Following the park service, an open house is held at the VFW Post Home on Railroad Avenue.

Pine Mountain Cemetery Ceremony: Local veterans and residents are invited to a ceremony at the cemetery at 11 a.m.

Monday, 9 a.m. - Memorial Day Mass in the cemetery at St. Bridget's Church, 2136 St. Bridget's Road NE. The objective of this event is to remember and honor the sacrifice and commitment to freedom of fallen venters by placing small American Flags on each grave site. Organ music by Sara Drinane 11 1 p.m. Saturday, Monday; 11:30 1:30 p.m. Sunday. In case of inclement weather the Maynard services will be held at the Maynard Community Hall. The program will begin with a welcome by Commander Lyle Gordon followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, a reading by Legion member Bob Belden, a reading by Auxiliary member Mary Belden and a selection by the West Central Band.

Youngwood: Memorial Day parade lineup begins at 8:30 a.m. with parade starting at 9 the Christ United Methodist Church, Lincoln Street, and ending at Youngwood fire station.

Legion members will be putting up the Avenue of Flags, and flags on the graves of all deceased Legion members, on Thursday the 24th at 5 p.m.

The Havelock Appearance Commission honors military service personnel who gave their lives in defense of the country with its Salute the Boot display.

A meal will be served following the two ceremonies at Effingham American Legion Post 120 Club Room. On that day, General John Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance on May 30, 1868, for the more than 620,000 soldiers killed in the recently ended Civil War. Participating will be Theodore Hoffman VFW Post 1769 and Auxiliary, Effingham; American Legion Post 924 and Auxiliary, Teutopolis; American Legion Post 120 and Auxiliary, Effingham and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 7 and Auxiliary, Effingham. Afterward, the parade will return to the American Legion post. Parents are Cindy and Doug Nus of Arlington. A Memorial Day Service will be held at historic Oro Grande Cemetery. The public is encouraged to attend.

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