Honoring the fallen on Memorial Day

Details on a host of events planned throughout the area

HOLY SPIRIT CATHOLIC SCHOOL students placed more than 1,300 American flags at the base of local veteran gravesites in the Norway Township Cemetery in preparation for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. The school has been assisting the Norway American Legion Post for about eight years. From left are Holy Spirit eighth-grader Carl McBroom, sixth-grader Tobi Anderson and eighth-graders Eli Dube and Tylar Mierzejewski. (Terri Castelaz/Daily News photo)

IRON MOUNTAIN — Those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service will be honored this weekend with ceremonies across the country.

Area Memorial Day programs planned include:


The annual Veterans Tribute Ride will stop at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain about 11 a.m. today for a short ceremony.

Registration is from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Riverside Auto Sales in Iron Mountain

IRON MOUNTAIN PUBLIC WORKS employee Derek Warren puts up flags along U.S. 2 in downtown Iron Mountain on Thursday in preparation for the Memorial Day weekend. (Marguerite Lanthier/Daily News photo)

Cost is $20 per person, which includes snacks, dinner and entertainment.

The ride will end approximately 3 p.m. at the Uren-Cooper-Johnson America Legion Post 50 in Iron Mountain. They will have music, food, raffles and door prizes at the post.

They welcome all riders, as well as antique cars/trucks for the event. All funds raised go to supporting local veteran projects and organizations.

The Dickinson County Memorial Day program will start with parade line-up at 8:30 a.m. on Ludington Street in Iron Mountain. The parade will kick off at 8:45 a.m., traveling down Ludington to U.S. 2 and stopping in front of the Dickinson County Courthouse.

The program will begin immediately after the parade at about 9 a.m. Guest speaker will be Dr. John P. Shealey, director of the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain.

Master of ceremonies will be Dave Stohl and the invocation will be given by Frank Lombard.

Members of Uren-Cooper-Johnson American Legion Post 50 will conduct the posting of the colors. Local Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

Music will be performed by the Iron Mountain High School and Kingsford High School bands. KHS choir will also perform.

Local vocalist Kevin Fraker will provide a musical selection.

The closing will include a gun salute and “Taps” played by Juliana Tapio, an IMHS band member.

In case of rain, the program will be moved to the Braumart Theatre, 106 E. B St. in Iron Mountain.

Office of Veterans Affairs asks the community to join the rest of the nation at 3 p.m. Memorial Day in a one-minute moment of silence to pay tribute to soldiers who gave their lives.

The Uren-Cooper-Johnson American Legion Post 50 of Iron Mountain will conduct its Memorial Day program at 11 a.m. at Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain. Legion members will speak during the service.

Members will also lay wreaths to honor deceased veterans.


Kingsford Carpenter-Clash American Legion Post 363 services will begin at 10:15 a.m. Monday at the Breitung Township Cemetery in Quinnesec.

Post Adjutant Gary Chapman will serve as master of ceremonies.

The Kingsford High School band, under the direction of Jacob Barnby and Marc Rose, will play “The Star-Spangled Banner” while the flags are raised to full staff, and then lowered back to half-staff in memory of the fallen comrades.

The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Scout Pack 510, followed by the invocation prayer by Chaplain Paul Taff.

Scout Maxwell Marotz will do a reading and Post Commander Lewis Adams will say a thank you.

The Post 363 Sergeant-at-Arms T.J. VanPembrook will lead the POW and MIA salute.

Main speaker for the program will be Kasey Lessard from the Oscar G. Johnson VA Hospital in Iron Mountain.

Student speaker is Emma Seeger, a Kingsford Middle School eighth-grade student.

Musical selections will be provided by the Kingsford High School band and Charity Aderman will perform a selection.

They will recognize deceased Post 363 members Robert Rushford and Myron Fetterly.

The post will salute fallen soldiers as well by firing three rounds, plus one round for the unknown soldier.

A KHS band members will play “Taps.”

Flowers will be presented by the sergeant-at-arms to remember veterans and wars fought.

The KHS band will have the closing march and Taff will offer closing prayer.

After the main program, members will go to Memorial Gardens for a short program for the veterans buried there.

At 6 p.m., flags will be raised back to full staff.


A Memorial Day program is planned at 11 a.m. at the Norway Township Cemetery.

Terry Backlund will serve as master of ceremonies.

Members of the Norway Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and American Legion will raise the flag and the Norway City Band will play the national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

VFW Chaplain George Olson will give the invocation.

Marie Devine will place a wreath on the cannon as a tribute to the unknown soldier and to all war dead. Olson also will read a prayer for departed comrades.

NHS senior Taylor Adams will read the poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae.

Robert Wollenberg will give the Memorial Day address.

American Legion chaplain Wally Zychowski will provide a prayer for the departed comrades.

The American Legion and VFW squads will fire three volleys for the war dead and a single round for the unknown soldier.

“Taps” will be played by the Norway City Band.


The Floriano-Stecker-Kelly American Legion Post 340 will begin Memorial Day ceremonies early on Monday with raising the flag to half-staff at the Riverside and Meyer Township cemeteries.

Services will be 9 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery in Faithorn and 9:30 a.m. at the Menominee River in Faithorn.

Guest speaker will be Robert Wollenberg, public affairs specialist with the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain.

Krystal Cayemberg will sing the national anthem and other patriotic selections and George Guffey will play “Taps” at the Faithorn Cemetery.

Jeff Gagne is the post chaplain.

Coffee and brunch will be served at the Faithorn Township Hall after the service.

Members will then go to Hermansville Lake at 10:30 a.m. and the veterans memorial marker at 10:45 a.m. for a short program.

A ceremony will follow at 11:15 a.m. in the Meyer Township Cemetery.

The post will conduct a memorial prayer, followed by a roll call of deceased veterans. They will also lay a wreath and salute to recognizing all the dead.

The ladies auxiliary will conduct a special dedication at 11:45 a.m. for the new veterans memorial monuments in the Meyer Township Cemetery. Joe Floriano will be guest speaker.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

Lunch will be served at the legion club rooms by the Post 340 Ladies Auxiliary after the programs at Meyer Township Cemetery.

Post Commander Grace Bond Murray is officer of the day.


The Felch-Breen Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4803 has planned its Memorial Day services at three locations. The program will begin at 9 a.m. at the Ralph Cemetery, followed at 10:15 a.m. at the Felch Cemetery and again at 11 a.m. at the Foster City Cemetery.

All area veterans are asked to participate in the services to help honor those that were killed while fighting for our country.

The veterans are asked to assemble at the VFW clubhouse at 8 a.m.

An open house is planned at the clubhouse after the Foster City services. The public is invited to attend.


The American Legion Post 168 of Channing will conduct its Memorial Day service at 9 a.m. at the Channing Cemetery. Gregg Harper will be the speaker for the day to honor fallen comrades in Sagola Township.

The North Dickinson High School band and choral group will provide the music selection. The band will also play “Taps.”

Commander John Carlson is in charge of the program.


Memorial Day ceremonies for Crystal Falls will start with the parade at 9 a.m. at Washington Avenue and Logan Street, then march to the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

Christopher Sholander will serve as master of ceremonies. After the invocation by Steve Rhoades, the Forest Park High School band will provide music.

The address will be given by Steve Tinti.

After the speech, the VFW Auxiliary will lead the wreath ceremony, followed by a volley by the color guard. Taps will be played by the Forest Park High School band.

Closing prayer will be given by Rhoades.

If bad weather threatens, the parade will be canceled and the service moved to 9:30 a.m. in the Eddie Chambers Memorial Gym at Forest Park High School.

A veterans program will follow at the Hematite Township Cemetery in Amasa.


Members of the Reino American Legion Post 21 will place flags on the graves of veterans at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Stambaugh Cemetery.

The Memorial Day program will start at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the cemetery. Senior Master Sgt. Marie Brunswick, retired from the U.S. Air Force, will serve as master of ceremonies.

The flag will be raised by members of the Caspian-Gaastra Fire Department.

Post 21 Auxiliary members Linda Johnson and Connie Jagelewski will place a wreath on a cross in honor of all deceased veterans.

This year’s guest speaker is U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, who served on the House Armed Services Committee, Budget Committee and the Veterans Affairs Committee in the 118th Congress.

The program will conclude with the firing of a volley by members of the Reino Post 21 firing squad and the playing of “Taps.”

In case of poor weather, the program will be moved to the Caspian-Gaastra Fire Hall.

The American Legion Reino Post 21 also will conduct a Memorial Day service at 2 p.m. at the Iron River Care Center. All are welcome to attend.


Memorial Day services will begin at 8 a.m. Monday at the Bates Township Cemetery. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Ottawa Post 3134 and Westside Veterans Council will provide the flag raising and color guard.

The invocation and benediction will be by the Rev. Corey Shankleton, pastor of Northgate Church in Bates Township. Music will be provided by Jessica Thibodeau.

Main speaker will be retired Senior Master Sgt. Jonathan Bofinger, Office of Special Investigation, U.S. Air Force.

Refreshments will be served after the ceremony at the Bates Township Hall, 3070 E. U.S. 2.

The ceremony also will be moved to the township hall if poor weather threatens.


Ceremonies at Rosehill Cemetery in Beechwood will begin at 8 a.m. Monday. The Amvets Post 436 will present the colors.

Pat Turner will be master of ceremonies. Post Chaplain Dale Melstrom will give the invocation with a solo of the national anthem by Annalia Lopez. The wreath will be placed by Harlie and Gracyn Melstrom, who will also lead the pledge and give a patriotic reading.

A musical presentation will be given by Krista Gussert and Gary Friestrom.

The Memorial Day address will be given by Emma Bofinger, valedictorian of the West Iron County Class of 2023.

Roll call will be given by Amvets Post 436, with the benediction by Melstrom.

The Post 436 color guard will fire the volley and “Taps” by Curt Brendel will conclude the proceedings.

Immediately after the program, participants are invited to a social at Beechwood Hall.


Memorial Day events begin with a volley fired by Westside Veterans Council at 8:30 a.m. at the Iron River Cemetery.

The program will continue at 9:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial on Genesee Street, led by the West Side Veterans Council. The Legion Post 17 Auxiliary president will lay the wreath at the memorial.

A parade up Genesee Street will take place just after the memorial ceremonies.

The program at Resthaven Cemetery in Iron River will be 11 a.m., with U.S. Navy veteran Jim Brennan as the guest speaker.

Military rites will be presented by the West Side Veterans.

The program will be repeated at noon at the cemetery in Alvin, Wis.


Cretton-Tutas American Legion Post 136 of Niagara will conduct its Memorial Day service at 1 p.m. Monday at the Niagara Cemetery. Commander Steve Wescher will be the speaker and Mike Lequia is master of ceremonies. All are invited to attend a reception at the Niagara Senior Center after the service.


The annual Memorial Day services will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Aurora-Homestead Cemetery on County Road B, about 3 miles west of Aurora.

The ceremony will be held rain or shine. Attendees are reminded to bring a chair.


The American Legion Post 211 of Florence will host Memorial Day services at two locations. The first program will be presented at 10 a.m. Monday at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Florence, then travel at 10:30 a.m. to the Commonwealth Cemetery. Post Commander Mario Zanoni will be the speaker.

The Florence School District Band will perform for both services.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be 11 a.m. at the Florence Community Center, 749 Central Ave. in Florence.


Memorial Day services at the Florence Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3635 will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the Martin Cemetery in Tipler, with a 10:45 a.m. service to follow at Long Lake Cemetery. VFW commander Aaron Volling will be the speaker for the programs.


The Pembine American Legion Post 461 will host the annual Memorial Day ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Pembine Cemetery. When the ceremony concludes, the group will travel to the Dunbar Cemetery for services.


The Mullany-McTrusty Legion Post 428 and Auxiliary will conduct its annual Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Amberg Cemetery in Amberg, Wis.

The Wausaukee High School Band will perform. The Legion will provide a gun salute and auxiliary members will lay a wreath.

St. Agnes Catholic Church will host a luncheon after the ceremony from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $10.


The Martell-Musia American Legion Unit 325 of Goodman will conduct memorial services at three locations: 9 a.m. at Glenwood Cemetery in Goodman, Wis.; 10 a.m. at the Hillside Cemetery in Fence; and 11 a.m. at the Pine Hill Cemetery in Armstrong Creek.

A lunch will follow.


The Polomis-Tahlier American Legion Post 150 of Wausaukee has planned a Memorial Day service at 9 a.m. Monday at the Wausaukee Cemetery. The Wausaukee High School marching band, under the direction of Stacy Suennen, will perform at the ceremony.


The combined honor guard of the Netzel-Zenz American Legion Post 413 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post 2063 will conduct two ceremonies for Memorial Day. The first service will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Pine Hills Cemetery in Middle Inlet, followed by a service at 10:30 a.m. in the Crivitz Cemetery.


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