Allegan Co.: Memorial Day events
Local communities throughout Allegan County have planned a variety of commemorations of Memorial Day, Monday, May 29.
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. in downtown Allegan with veterans, Boys Scouts and the Allegan High School band marching to Oakwood Cemetery for a ceremony at about 11 a.m.
A luncheon follows the service at the American Legion hall.
Casco United Methodist Church, at 880 66th St., South Haven, will honor Memorial Day with a service at noon. The Casco Community Band will perform during the ceremony. There will also be a speaker. A potluck dinner will follow in the fellowship hall.
The honor guard will start at the American Legion Hall at 8 a.m. for a flag-raising ceremony. They will then travel to area cemeteries to honor fallen comrades: 8:30 a.m. St. Stanislaus, 9:15 a.m. Richter, 10 a.m. Dorr, 10:45 Jones and 11:30 a.m. Sproat. The hall, 4310 18th St., will open at noon; festivities begin at 1 p.m. and include a BBQ lunch, grilled chicken dinner, horseshoes, a Kids Cake Walk, Bingo from 1-4:30 p.m. and a cash raffle from 4:30-5 p.m. For more information, call (616) 681-2259.
The parade will line up on North Maple Street (at the park entrance) between 9:30 and 10 a.m.
The parade route is south to 1st Street; east on 1st Street to Park Street; south on Park Street to Main Street (M-89); then west to the cemetery.
Hamilton will host its 88th Memorial Day parade at 9 a.m. Lineup will begin at 8 a.m.; enter at the high school and use the service drive for lineup. All veterans, combat and non-combat, are invited to participate. Rides will be available for those who prefer not to walk. A service will follow the parade at Riverside Cemetery. For more information, call Michelle Timmer at (269) 751-8513.
Hopkins Township will conduct a Memorial Day Service at Maplewood Cemetery at 10 a.m., rain or shine. Participants will include the Hopkins High School band, Hopkins FFA members, Boy Scouts, VFW members and Sons of Union Veterans. The Luke Lenhart Band will perform. For more information, call Mark Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org or (269) 793-3184.
The parade will begin at 10 a.m.; lineup begins at 9:30 a.m. at the high school parking lot. Veterans are encouraged to participate in the parade. The parade will end at Geib Memorial Park where a ceremony will begin immediately following the parade. For more information, contact (269) 366-0431.
The Memorial Day Service will take place at Poplar Hill Cemetery at 11 a.m.
The parade starts at 2:30 p.m.; lineup is at 2 p.m. near the VFW hall. A ceremony will immediately follow the parade at the Lee Township Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at the Pullman VFW Hall. For more information, call (236) 236-5654.
A ceremony will begin at Mountain Home Cemetery at 9 a.m. The parade will leave there at approximately 9:30 a.m., heading south on Farmer Street, then east on Orleans Street and then south again on Fair Street and ending at Memorial Park for speeches and a program at the Otsego Area Veteran’s Memorial. A veteran luncheon at the VFW will follow. The public is invited.
The Plainwell Memorial Day Parade will begin at 11 a.m. Lineup is at Bannister Street and Anderson Avenue in downtown Plainwell by 10 a.m. The parade will travel east on Bridge Street (M-89) to Hillside Cemetery for a ceremony conducted by the VFW. To participate, call Chris Haas at (269) 685-3152.
A pancake breakfast at Old Mill Brewpub, 717 E. Bridge St. with 100 percent of funds raised benefiting local veterans. It will be from 8-10 a.m. and includes pancakes. biscuits & gravy, sausage links, orange juice and coffee.
The day starts with the bus for cemetery honors departing at 7:45 a.m. from the Wayland Veterans of Foreign Wars Post. The cemetery schedule is: 8:30 a.m. Hooker; 9 a.m. Native American; 9:25 a.m. Germond; 9:45 a.m. St. Cyril’s; 10 a.m. Hill; and 10:20 a.m. Elmwood. The parade begins at 11 a.m. Lineup begins at 10 a.m. at the state police post, 544 N. Main St. It will continue south on Main Street and end at the VFW hall, 735 S. Main St. At the parade conclusion, the public is invited to the VFW for pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, and Mayor Bala’s Famous Cole Slaw. The cost is $6 per person.
For more information, call the Wayland VFW at (269) 792-2975 or visit waylandchamber.org.