EVART — Memorial Day is, for some, nothing more than the kick-off of the summer holiday season.

For others, it is a time to take a serious accounting, consider history, and give thanks for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving this nation in the various branches of the armed forces.

For most, the Memorial Day weekend can be a little of this and a lot of that — in whatever dose or configuration.

In Evart, hundreds of area residents and visitors will gather at Evart’s Guyton Park at 10 a.m., Monday, May 30, and line Main Street to honor the fallen servicemen and women who have given their lives in the defense of this nation in all of the country’s wars.

Following a short service at the park under the auspices of local veterans organizations, a parade will make its way to the Muskegon River Bridge where another short memorial will beheld.

The crowd is then invited to assemble at Forest Hill Cemetery for a final salute and ceremony.

Before the main event of the weekend, on Saturday, May 28, there will be a Teen Dance from 5-8 p.m. hosted by the Moose Family Center on U.S. 10 just east of town.

Also a huge part of the weekend ‘package’ is the annual Evart Chamber of Commerce Flea Market and Yard Sale adjacent to the Evart Airport along U.S.-10 May 28-29. For details, see the article offered in this edition of the Pioneer-Osceola Edition.

On Sunday, May 29, folks can start their day off right with a hearty meal at the Moose Lodge Breakfast, beginning at 7 a.m. at the Moose Family Center.

On Memorial Day proper, May 30, the Evart Historical Society will host visitors at a special gathering from 1 p.m. at the Evart Library and Museum.

A great weekend for area residents and visitors, and a great opportunity to put everything into perspective and remember that all the weekend’s fun and activities for many have been awarded us through the sacrifice of a heroic few.

REED CITY

The annual Memorial Day Parade in Reed City will line up at 8:45 a.m. behind the Osceola Inn and in the Yoplait/Depot parking lot area.

The parade will begin at 9:15 a.m.

For additional information, contact Lori or Jan at Grandma’s Garden at (231) 832-3880.