Memorial Day In Iron County Michigan. Those who gave their all for their country will be remembered and honored next Monday, May 30, when Iron County and the rest of the nation observes Memorial Day.
Ceremonies will take place Memorial Day morning at cemeteries around the county, led by the West Side and East Side Veterans councils.
In addition, a special ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. in Crystal Falls, where plaques honoring two area men who were killed during the Vietnam War will be dedicated.
Bates Township: The Memorial Day service at the Bates Township Cemetery will start at 8 a.m., with a flag-raising ceremony by members of Veterans of Foreign War Post 3134 of Iron River. Barbara Stafford is the master of ceremonies.
Ottawa Post 3134 of the VFW will form the color guard, and Jessica and Elaina Holroyd are the vocalists. Pastor Kraig Tass of Iron River Bible Church will give the invocation and benediction.
Aubrey Atanasoff will read the roll call, and Sari Franzene will have a reading. The main speaker will be U.S. Army Sfc. Wesley Amerson.
After the benediction, the color guard fires its salute and taps is played to end the program.
In case of inclement weather, the ceremony takes place at the Township Hall.
Refreshments will be served immediately after the ceremony at the Township Hall.
Beechwood: Ceremonies at Rosehill Cemetery in Beechwood begin at 8 a.m., after the AMVETS Post 436 color guard marches to the site.
State. Rep. Scott Dianda will place the wreath, assisted by Melina and Annalia Lopez. Dianda will give a short statement, and Melina and Annalia Lopez will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Trumpeter Curt Brendel plays the National Anthem.
Dorothy Javoroski, the master of ceremonies, will introduce Pastor Mike Rucinski, who will give the invocation and benediction.
Melina Lopez will give a patriotic reading, followed by a musical presentation by Krista Gussert and Gary Friestrom.
The speaker will be Heidi Priestly, a retired member of the U.S. Navy. After her remarks, Brendel will play “America,” the roll call is read by Post 436 Commander Frank Jirik, the AMVETS post color guard fires the volley, and Brendel plays taps.
Everyone is invited to the Beechwood Hall immediately after the program for a Memorial Day social.
Crystal Falls/Amasa: This year, Memorial Day events in Crystal Falls will include a special dedication of plaques in memory of John Jacobson and Ralph Black, who were both killed during the
The dedication ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. on Memorial Day at the Veterans Park, located on the Paint River near the power plant.
The regular Memorial Day ceremonies will be led by the East Side Veterans Council. It starts with a short parade that lines up at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Logan Street at 8:30 a.m. and steps off at 9.
The procession marches to the ceremony area at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery for the rest of the program.
Christopher Sholander is the master of ceremonies and opens the program. After the invocation by the Rev. Mike Laakko, the Forest Park High School band will play the National Anthem.
The main speaker will be Pastor Steve Sudduth of Christ United Methodist Church in Crystal Falls and Grace United Methodist Church in Amasa. A native of Decatur, Ill., he received a degree in social work from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, where he enlisted in the army.
Sudduth attended Asbury Theological Seminary, serving as student ministry coordinator, and was appointed a full chaplain in the Army Reserve in February 2007.
He served as chaplain from 2007 to 2014, including a tour in Iraq in 2009. He later returned to seminary to pursue a degree in pastoral counseling before taking over the Iron County congregations in July 2015.
Following the speech and music by the Forest Park band, the Auxiliary will lead the wreath ceremony, followed by a volley by the color guard, taps by the band’s buglers and a closing prayer.
After the ceremony, participants will board school buses to Amasa for the parade and program there. En route, they will stop at the 82nd Airborne Division Memorial for a wreath ceremony. This includes a prayer by the auxiliary, volley by the color guard and taps. A wreath will be placed in the river.
In case of inclement weather, the parade will be canceled, and the service will be held inside the Eddie Chambers Memorial Gym at Forest Park High School starting at 9:30 a.m. An announcement would be made on WIKB radio.
The Amasa parade takes place downtown. After the parade, buses take participants to Hematite Cemetery, where the service will be repeated.
Anyone who would like to help place the grave flags should be at the cemetery May 28 at 9 a.m. The flags will be put away on May 31 at 11 a.m.
Iron River: Memorial Day events begin at 9 a.m. with the firing of a volley at the old City Cemetery.
At 9:30, the West Side Veterans Council will lead a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial on Genesee Street. The presidents of the Legion Post 17 Auxiliary and VFW Post 3134 Auxiliary will present the wreath at the memorial.
A vocal duo, Abby Miller and Erika Lindwall, will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and another song. Darin Long, U.S. Navy retired, is the master of ceremonies.
A parade up Genesee Street will immediately follow ceremonies at the Veterans Memorial.
The program at Resthaven Cemetery starts at 11 a.m. Gerald Williams, a retired master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, will give the invocation and benediction. The guest speaker is retired Air Force Lt. Col. Scott Whitehead. Vocalists Abby Miller and Erika Lindwall will sing the National Anthem and another song.
A combined unit of all veterans groups will lead the military honors, and the firing squad will be composed of members of the Michigan Army National Guard. The two Auxiliary presidents will present the wreath at the cemetery.
Following the Resthaven ceremony, the program will be repeated at noon at the cemetery in Alvin, Wis.
Stambaugh: Members of Reino American Legion Post 21 will place flags on the graves of veterans at Stambaugh Cemetery on Sunday, May 29, at 9 a.m.
The Memorial Day program starts at 10:30 a.m. on May 30. Marie Brunswick is the master of ceremonies.
The flag will be raised by members of the Caspian-Gaastra Fire Department, while Kerry Rivard sings the National Anthem. Deacon Robert Kostka of St. Agnes/St. Cecelia Catholic church, who is also a member of Legion Post 21, will give the invocation and benediction.
Connie Jagelewski and Roselyn Johnson, members of the Reino Post 21 Ladies Auxiliary, will place a wreath on a cross in honor of all deceased veterans, and West Iron County students Emmy Kinner and Seth Miatech will give recitations.
This year’s guest speaker is Rick Kent, a third generation Iron County resident. He and his wife, Christine, live on the Brule River in Stambaugh Township.
Kent holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Michigan State University. He was a school administrator for over 30 years, retiring as superintendent of the Grand Haven Public Schools in 2005.
He was inducted into the Army in 1966 and served a combat tour in Vietnam from 1967 to ’68. He was commissioned as an artillery officer, served in both artillery and infantry units. He left the military with the rank of captain.
Kent serves on numerous boards in Iron County, including the Economic Development Corp., the Chamber of Commerce, Kinship and the West Iron County School Foundation. He is a member of the VFW, Disabled American Veterans and Reino American Legion Post 21.
The program will conclude with the firing of the volley by members of the Reino Post 21 firing squad and the playing of taps.
In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place at the Caspian-Gaastra Fire Department.