Local communities throughout Allegan County have planned a variety of commemorations of Memorial Day, Monday, May 26.
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 kick off this year’s season of 14 concerts by performing during the ceremony. After veterans are introduced, the band will perform an Armed Forces Salute along with several other pieces.
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.
From 1 to 6 p.m., at the American Legion Hall, there will be dinner along with bingo and other activities.
After an earlier parade and service in Saugatuck, a parade will cross the Blue Star Bridge for a similar observance in downtown Douglas, proceeding at 10 a.m. east down Center Street for a service at Beery Field.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. in front of Memorial Park on North Maple Street.
The Fennville High School Band will play the National Anthem for the flag-raising ceremony.
Immediately following the ceremony, the parade will follow the usual route: south on Maple to First; east to Park; south to Main Street; and west to the cemetery.
Parade organizers invite all area citizens and groups to enter the parade. Entrants should be at the park between 9:30 and 9:45 a.m. to line up.
Hamilton will host its 86th Memorial Day parade at 9 a.m. Lineup will begin at 8 a.m. in the high school’s service drive.
All veterans, combat and non-combat, are invited to participate. Rides will be available for those who prefer not to walk.
Business and community floats are also welcome.
A service will follow the parade at Riverside Cemetery.
Breakfast will be served at Hamilton Christian Reformed Church beginning at 7 a.m.; donations will be accepted.
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.
For more information, call Mark Evans at (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.
Allegan Living Word Family Church pastor Steve Young will keynote a ceremony at 11 a.m. at Poplar Hill Cemetery featuring songs and speeches
The parade starts at 2:30 p.m.; lineup is at 1:30 p.m.
A ceremony will immediately follow the parade at the Lee Township Cemetery. A luncheon will follow. Donations are welcome.
A ceremony will begin at Mountain Home Cemetery at 9 a.m. The parade will follow at approximately 9:15 a.m. The parade will head south from the cemetery on Farmer Street and end at Memorial Park.
To participate in the parade or for more information, call Darl at (269) 694-6149.
Following the ceremony, through to 12:30 p.m., Otsego Main Street has planned an Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social next to the Otsego Historical Museum that will sell ice cream, host an ice cream eating contest and feature photo and tattoo booths, lawn bowling, face painting and a station to decorate flip-flops.
The Plainwell Memorial Day Parade will begin at 11 a.m.
Lineup is at Bannister Street and Anderson Avenue in downtown Plainwell. The parade will travel east on Bridge Street to Hillside Cemetery for a ceremony.
A parade will begin at 9 a.m. and go through downtown Saugatuck from the Veterans of Foreign Wars post to Veterans Memorial Park next to the Maplewood Hotel. Veterans of all ages are invited to participate.
A memorial service, also in the park, will follow the parade.
Marchers will cross the Blue Star Bridge for a similar observance in downtown Douglas, proceeding at 10 a.m. east down Center Street for a service at Beery Field.
The parade begins at 11 a.m. Lineup begins at 10 a.m. at the corner of Main Street and Dahlia Avenue near the state police post. It will continue south on Main Street and end at the VFW.
Immediately after the parade is a VFW bbq lunch with both inside and outside seating.
For more information on the parade, call(269) 792-9246.