May 25, 2018 PLYMOUTH VOICE.
Plymouth Michigan News
Memorial Day 2018
Communities across the nation are set to observe Memorial Day with parades and ceremonies to remember the men and women of the armed forces who died while serving their country.
On Monday, residents will gather in downtown Plymouth for the city’s Memorial Day service. The parade that starts at 9:00 a.m. at Main and Wing Street and moves to Church and Main at the Veteran’s Park will feature military veterans and marching units.
The Canton Fire Department Honor Guard will hold a Memorial Day service on Monday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Center located in Heritage Park, directly behind the Canton Administration Building, 1150 S. Canton Center Road. Representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps will present a ceremonial wreath at the 1st Battalion – 24th Marine Division Memorial site. A roll call will take place for the “Fallen 22” Marines that were deployed for duty in 2006-07 to Iraq and made the ultimate sacrifice.
Memorial Day was first observed on May 30, 1868 to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War solders.
During the first national celebration of Memorial Day former Union General and Ohio Congressman James Garfield spoke at the Arlington National Cemetery before 5000 participants as they decorated the graves of 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers.
“We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and the virtue.”
As we remember our past veterans on this 2018 Memorial Day we must make sure our current veterans are well taken care of and never forgotten.