Memorial Day festivities to include parades, ceremonies
Posted: 05/22/2013 at 3:00 pm
By: Truth Staff
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Flags on display in Central Park in Elkhart wave in a breeze on May 26, 2012. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen)
DAV Post 19 Color Guard Commander Ron Pressler, right, holds one end of an American flag as John Schultz, left, and Bill Gipson, center, help present a flag memorial honoring the late Clyde Johnson who served 20 years in the Army, serving on four continents and six states. The flag was given to Pastor Mark Johnson of Life Tabernacle Church honoring his fathers service during the ceremony at the church Sunday, May 20, 2012. The formal ceremony showed the correct way to fold and present the flag giving it the proper respect. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard)
One flag stands tall above the others as several line up next to memorial headstones at Rice Cemetery in Elkhart Thursday, May 17, 2012. As Memorial Day approaches it is important to be sure to use proper flag etiquette as you display the nations colors. ¬ (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard)
As the weather heats up and families make their extended weekend plans, here is look at what is going on in and around Elkhart:
Parade: Festivities begin at 10 a.m. on Section St.
Flag service: The service is at Memorial Park near the Edwardsburg Musuem during the parade.
For information on either event, contact the Edwardsburg Chamber of Commerce at 269-663-2244.
Parade: Begins at 2 p.m. Monday, May 27.
Wreath-laying ceremony: The William Tuffs Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution of Elkhart invite the public to this ceremony starting at 12:45 p.m. Monday, May 27, in front of the Municipal Building, 229 S. Second St. DAR members will be joined by the Robert Miller Veterans Center of South Bend and Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard Units.
Closings: The Elkhart Public Library and all EPL branches will be closed Monday, May 27. Normal hours will resume Tuesday, May 28. The Interurban Trolley routes will not operate in Elkhart or Goshen on Monday, May 27. Regular service will resume Tuesday, May 28. Heart City Rider and Goshen Transit Service will operate as usual, and can be requested by calling Yellow Cab at 294-4040 in Elkhart or 534-0026 in Goshen. Transit information is also available by calling the Michiana Area Council of Governments at 674-8894 or by visiting www.interurbantrolley.com. Trash pickup is one day later than usually scheduled pickup.
Parade: Participants will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Police and Court Building, Fifth and Jefferson streets, with the actual parade commencing at 10:15 a.m. and ending at Oakridge Cemetery.
Closings: The Goshen Public Library will be closed Monday, May 27. Normal hours will resume Tuesday, May 28. Trash pickup is one day later than usually scheduled pickup.
Headstone dedication: The Mark L. Wilt American Legion Post 210 invites the public to this dedication at the grave of Cpl. Mark L. Wilt at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Grace Lawn Cemetery, Middlebury Street. State Rep. Wes Culver, State Sen. Carlin Yoder and U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski will speak. Following the dedication, the post will have a candlelight vigil from dusk to dawn. Members will stand guard in honor of all local veterans buried in Grace Lawn Cemetery, each of the graves lit by a Starlight of Honor. The public may tour in cars. The post honor guard will lead the march to the Little Elkhart River following the parade in Elkhart on May 27 to honor sailors with a wreath, followed by a march to the cemetery where the roster of all veterans buried in Middlebury will be read. After the ceremonies, the post will host a picnic of fried chicken, salads, beans and dessert.
Closings: The Middlebury Community Public Library will be closed on Monday, May 27. Normal hours will resume Tuesday, May 28. Trash pickup is one day later than usually scheduled pickup.
Parade: Lineup begins at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27, at Nappanee Elementary, 755 E. Van Buren St., with the parade beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Service: Commencing at 11 a.m. Monday, May 27, at city hall, 300 W. Lincoln St., Mayor Larry Thompson will welcome those in attendance before an invocation, performance of the national anthem, veterans tribute, music medley, honor roll, Civil War cannon salute and dismissal.
Closings: The Nappanee Public Library will be closed Sunday and Monday, May 26 and 27. Normal hours will resume Tuesday, May 28. Trash pickup is one day later than usually scheduled pickup.
Parade: Parade Master Bus Kelver directs the first parade of the day at 8 a.m. Monday, May 27, with units lining up along Osceola Avenue and Rogers Street at 7 a.m. Participants should be in line and ready by 7:45 a.m. Route map and applications are available at www.ocba.us or by calling 674-0015. Tailgating before the parade along the route is encouraged.
Closings: Trash pickup is one day later than usually scheduled pickup.