September 2, 2014

Veterans to gather at area cemeteries on Memorial Day

By James Kuch
News Editor | news@arenacindependent.com
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ARENAC COUNTY — Veterans from across Arenac County will gather on Sunday, May 29 and Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, traveling to cemeteries across the county, paying respect to fallen veterans.

Members of the Standish Veterans of Foreign Wars post 3724, The American Legion and Vietnam Veterans will gather at the VFW Hall at 3580 W. Huron Road at 7:30 a.m. and begin a tour across the county doing readings at area cemeteries.

Coordinator Marty Metiva said any veteran or auxiliary member is welcome to come out.

“We perform ceremonies at each stop we make,” he said. “We lower and raise the flag and perform a rifle salute.”

Metiva said readings performed at each ceremony are patriotic and talk about the history of Memorial Day.

“We talk about when it started and we commemorate the fallen,” he said.

Metiva said each year the visitations are held, the better the turnout is.

“We have nice turnouts where we go,” he said. “Sterling is huge, Alger is huge.”

Metiva said he is not sure exactly when the Memorial Day Parade began in Standish, but he said he remembers that it was held during the 1940s.

“It is definitely a tradition,” he said.

The best part of Memorial Day for Metiva is the gathering of Veterans.

“The VFW is like a brotherhood where we can all gather and do things to remember the fallen,” he said. “It’s important to remember the fallen.”

At the end of the visitations, Metiva said any veteran who wants to march in the Memorial Day Parade can join at the start of the parade at Airpark Drive in Standish.

“We march from Airpark Drive until we reach the (county building),” he said.

The VFW post 8275 in AuGres will take their tour around cemeteries in northern Arenac County on Sunday, May 29.

Tom Roiter, post commander, said members of the post will begin their tour at the Twining Cemetery at 8:45 a.m.

“We have been doing this for around 25 years,” he said. “We have a good turnout and everyone seems to enjoy it.”

Roiter said the parade will begin at noon and will travel down US-23, from North Main Street and turn south at North Court Street concluding at AuGres-Sims High School where a presentation will follow.

He added that the post will have around 100 participants in the parade.

“When we walk down (US-23) everyone stands up and cheers us,” he said.

Standish Post 3724

Assemble at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall no later than 7:30 a.m. to participate in cemetery tour.

South

Resurrection Cemetery, Standish, 8 a.m

Saganing Cemetery, Standish Township, 8:20 a.m.

Pine River Cemetery, Standish, 9:10 a.m.

Arenac Cemetery, Arenac Township, 9:40 a.m.

Bentley Cemetery, Bentley, 10:30 a.m.

North

Woodmere Cemetery, Standish, 8 a.m.

Polish National Cemetery, Arenac Township, 8:25 a.m.

Sterling Cemetery, Sterling, 8:50 a.m.

Clayton Cemetery, Clayton Township 9:30 a.m.

Alger Cemetery, Alger, 10:20 a.m.

MediLodge, Sterling, 11 a.m.

Parade starts at noon in Standish and begins at Airpark Drive and continues until it reaches the Arenac County Building. A short program will follow.

AuGres Post 8275

Tour begins at 8:45 a.m. at Twining Cemetery.

Twining Cemetery, Twining, 8:45 a.m.

Omer Cemetery, Omer, approximately 10 a.m.

Cedar Valley Cemetery, Twining, approximately 10:30 a.m.

Sims Cemetery, AuGres, approximately 11 a.m.

Parade begins at noon in AuGres at N. Main St., concluding at AuGres-Sims High School where a presentation will follow.

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