State Rep. Aric Nesbitt today urged Michiganders to take time to honor fallen American heroes this weekend during the Memorial Day holiday.
While the traditional Memorial Day activities will take place throughout the state – family gatherings, picnics and festivals – Nesbitt, R-Lawton, said people should offer solemn reflection on the sacrifices made by those who have perished while protecting freedom.
“These are the true heroes we must keep in our thoughts this weekend, in addition to all the activities that usher in the unofficial start of summer,” Nesbitt said. “Take time to consider those who have died in defense of our freedoms, from the soldiers at Lexington and Concord to the men and women who have most recently given their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq. Thank them and offer a prayer for their sacrifice.”
The roots of Memorial Day date back to the American Civil War, when decorating the graves of fallen soldiers in that conflict took place in many states. After World War I, Decoration Day became Memorial Day and has been expanded to commemorate those who died in all U.S. wars.
Nesbitt said there are many opportunities for residents of the 66th House District to show their respect, including:
- Bangor – 9 a.m. Laying of the Wreath at Veterans’ Memorial; 9:30 a.m. Parade Start; 10 a.m. Ceremony at the Cemetery;
- Bloomingdale – 11 a.m. Parade Start from Bloomingdale High School;
- Breedsville – 11 a.m. Parade Start from Main Street;
- Decatur – 11 a.m. Parade Start from VFW; Harrison Cemetery at 11:30 a.m.; Hamilton Township Cemetery at 1 p.m.;
- Gobles – 9 a.m. Parade Start from M-40; Ceremony at Park following;
- Lawrence – 10 a.m. Parade Start from Lawrence High School;
- Lawton – 10 a.m. Parade Start from corner of Walker and Union streets; Ceremony at Oak Grove Cemetery following;
- Mattawan – 11 a.m. Parade Start from Mattawan Early Elementary School; Ceremony at Village Park following;
- Otsego – 9:30 a.m. Parade Start from Mountain Home Cemetery; Concludes at Memorial Park;
- Paw Paw – 9:30 a.m. Navy Memorial Ceremony on Michigan Avenue at the River; 10 a.m. Parade Start from Gremps Street; Concludes at Maple City Veterans’ Memorial Park;
- Plainwell – 12 p.m. Ceremony at Sherwood Park.
- South Haven – 9 a.m. Parade Start from Downtown; Concludes at Lakeview Cemetery.
“More than a million fighting men and women have given us, as Abraham Lincoln put it, their last full measure of devotion,” Nesbitt said. “They deserve our thanks and our remembrance for their sacrifices.”