Memorial Day events remember the fallen

OSCEOLA COUNTY — Each Memorial Day, residents of Osceola County take time to remember those service men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

In Evart, members of the VFW Post 7979 and Thomas E. Smith AMVETS Post 11 will come together for a parade and memorial ceremony within the city limits starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 26.

The parade will begin at Joseph W. Guyton Park in downtown Evart with a 21-gun salute and continue to the bridge east of the city to take part in a second gun salute and to lay a wreath in the river. From there, the group will continue to the grave site of Guyton in Forest Hill Cemetery to host a short ceremony, post colors and offer a third 21-gun salute. Speaker and state representative Joel Johnson will be a designated speaker during the event.

“The military is why we are a great country, and there is no country in the world like the United States,” said VFW Post 7979 Commander Allen Rohen. “Without the military and democracy, we might be in the position of other countries around the world. In America, we’re aloud to speak how we want, print what we want and go to the church that we want.”

The community of Reed City once again will commemorate those who have fallen with a Memorial Day parade, which will begin at 9:15 a.m. that day.

Participants will begin at the Reed City Depot, travel west on Upton Avenue and pause for a moment at the Osceola County Courthouse, where speaker Rev. Kathy Cadarette will say a few words. Then the parade will continue south on Sears Street and south on Lincoln Avenue to Woodland Cemetery, where another ceremony will take place.

Suzie Williams, Reed City Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, is hoping for nice weather and a large turn out for the event.

“Memorial Day honors all of the people who died for our country, and I feel like we’ve had a lot of those in this community,” she said. “The days is that moment to honor them, and that’s important.”

Those wishing to be a part of the parade should arrive at the depot at about 8:30 a.m. All are welcome to participate, Williams added.

Following the parade, at 11 a.m., members of Boy Scout Troop 74 will host a a flag retirement ceremony at the community fire pit located behind the Depot. Community members can bring a flag in need of retirement to the troop at the event.