Communities plan Memorial Day events

MARQUETTE — Local community groups have announced plans for the weekend in observance of Memorial Day:


Berle LaPin Veteran’s Memorial Park in Champion will be the site of a Memorial Day service at 1 p.m. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Mike Carriere. The Champion Volunteer Fire Department will serve as Color Guard. Refreshments will be served.


In Marquette, services will take place at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery and at 10:15 a.m. at Park Cemetery. The American Legion Post 44 encourages everyone in the Marquette community to join in these services. Refreshments will be served at the American Legion Post 44, 700 W. Bluff St., following the 10:15 a.m. service.

The schedule for the Gwinn Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion of Little Lake is: 9:30 a.m., a brief ceremony will be held at Nordeen Park; 10 a.m., parade to Gwinn cemetery; 10:45 a.m., memorial service at cemetery. The VFW will proceed to Bakkala Cemetery on M-35 immediately after the service. At 12:30 p.m., the American Legion will have a service at McFarland Cemetery then at 2:30 pm., the American Legion will have a service at West Branch Cemetery.

In Ishpeming, services will take place at the Ishpeming Cemetery at 10 a.m. The services will be conducted by area veterans groups. In case of rain, the event will be held at the VFW Post 4573.

Negaunee’s Memorial Day parade will take place starting at 10 a.m. Services will follow at the Negaunee Cemetery at 11 a.m. Refreshments will be served at the Negaunee VFW post following the services.

Memorial Day

n Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.