Memorial Day Parade in Lansing: A chance to honor our servicemen and our country

Parade season is officially underway in Michigan. In the capitol of Lansing, the annual Memorial Day Parade was held on Saturday, May 28, 2011. The parade began at 10 a.m. Parade participants set up in the parking lots on Allegan Street by the Michigan Historical Library and Museum east of Butler Boulevard. The parade traveled east on Allegan Street to Capitol Avenue, north on Capitol Avenue to Ottawa Street, and west on Ottawa Street back to the parking lots near the Michigan Historical Museum. A detailed view of the parade can be found via Google Maps. Several unique Lansing landmarks were on the parade route, including Lansing City Hall, Michigan State Capitol, Murray D. Van Wagoner Transportation Building, and the Michigan Historical Library and Museum.

Parade participants included: The Marine Corps Reserve Color Guard, The Eastern High School Marching Band, Otto Middle School Marching Band and the Caravan Circus Pickup Band played during the length of the parade. Others include the American Legion Post 460, VFW Post 701, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and Blue Star Mothers. The Blue Star Mothers are women who have children currently serving on active duty. Miss Michigan Galaxy, Shelley Lance, also was be in the parade along with Lansing Mayor, Virg Bernero, and several representatives from his office. Councilwoman A’Lynne Robinson also walked in the parade.  Below is a photo of members of Robinson’s family as well as Mayor Bernero.

The Forty & Eight, an invitational honor organization of U.S veterans, had a unique train entry.

An overview video of the parade can be viewed below:

Following the parade was a ceremony held at Evergreen Cemetery on Mount Hope. The Memorial Day ceremony starated at noon at the Little Arlington section of Evergreen Cemetery, 2600 East Mt. Hope Ave. Guest speaker Lieutenant Corporal Kevin Payne, Commander of the Army Great Lakes Recruiting Battalion. The ceremony attendees were able to view the memorial erected last summer to honor service men and women who have died since September 11, 2001.

Memorial Day parades allow patriotic Americans to honor and appreciate the members of the national service who have fought vigilantly for our country. Many other parades were held through Michigan, including specifically in the Detroit area. These were listed on the Detroit Free Press website.

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~ by julieesmer on May 29, 2011.

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