Mason County Memorial Day services scheduled.

May 27, 2022

Mason County Memorial Day services scheduled.

Mason County veterans organizations will again hold Memorial Day services throughout the county on Monday, May 30, 2022. 

A service will be held at Mason County Central High School at 9 a.m. led by the Custer VFW Honor Guard along with the Mason County Central High School band. Traditionally an eighth grade student from MCC reads President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. From there, the VFW Honor Guard will travel to Riverside Cemetery in Custer Township for a ceremony. Traditionally, a Mason County Eastern eighth grade student will read the Gettysburg Address (service begins approximately 10:30 a.m.) From there the post members will travel to Maple Grove Cemetery in Free Soil Township. The honor guard will also stop at the Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield memorial on Custer Road in Free Soil Township upon its return to the post. 

In Ludington, services will begin at 10 a.m. with the playing of “Taps” and a prayer at the Fallen Heroes Memorial at the Mason County Courthouse. The Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10:15 a.m. and will travel west on Ludington Avenue to Lakeshore Drive north to the Veterans Mall in Stearns Park. 

Service at Stearns Park starts at 11 a.m. with the keynote address by John Cotten, a retired U.S. Army, and Mason County Veterans Administration representative. 

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering and honoring persons who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The holiday is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May. It is not a holiday set aside to honor veterans, that is Veterans Day, which is Nov. 11. Armed Forces Day, commemorating active military personnel and the armed services, was observed on Saturday, May 21. 

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