County-wide Memorial Day events commemorate fallen soldiers

OSCEOLA COUNTY — Across the county, residents and visitors gathered together on Memorial Day to remember the lives of men and women lost while serving their country and fighting for liberty.

In Evart, local residents and members of the VFW Post No. 7979 and Thomas E. Smith AMVETS Post 11 met at Joseph W. Guyton Park for a brief ceremony.

The veterans paid homage to servicemen and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice with patriotic music, a gun salute, the raising of the American flag and by giving thanks for their courage and strength.

Michigan State Rep. Joel Johnson was the guest speaker during the ceremony, also remembering soldiers missing in action, current veterans and serving members of the military, and the families who support those actively serving.

"We can never thank those men and women enough," Johnson said. "We still know that freedom is not free, and we thank you all."

After the ceremony, a parade led the way down Main Street to the river for a wreath-laying and then to the grave site of Guyton in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Reed City also remembered those who gave their lives for their country with a morning parade and ceremony that stretched throughout the downtown area and Woodland Cemetery. Following the events, members of Boy Scout Troop 74 hosted a a flag retirement ceremony at the community fire pit located behind the Depot.