Memorial Day services 5.21

Written by David Green.

Morenci: The American Legion’s state commander for Michigan will serve as the Memorial Day speaker in Morenci.

Michael Williams, a 35-year Legion member from Eaton Rapids, will address the audience Monday morning at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Williams has served in several state and local Legion posts and is a former captain of the Eaton Rapids Fire Department.

Williams is a Vietnam veteran, serving with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division.

Morenci’s Memorial Day services will begin at 10 a.m. in Wakefield Park at the veterans’ monument. After a brief service at the park, a parade will travel to the old cemetery on North Street and on to Oak Grove Cemetery for the main service.

Veterans are encouraged to meet at the park and ride in the parade.

Fayette: A Fayette graduate will return home to give the Memorial Day address May 26.
Retired Army officer Raymond Mead of Arizona will speak at the 10:30 a.m. service at Pleasant View Union Cemetery.
The annual Memorial Day parade will start at 10 a.m. at the stoplight and proceed to the cemetery.

  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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