The tradition continues with Memorial Day celebrations

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In a tradition that dates back to beyond this 1957 parade photo, Memorial Day ceremonies are being held across the county to honor those who have served our country. (Photo courtesy of Presque Isle County Historical Museum)

by Peter Jakey–Editor-in-chief

Memorial Day marks the start of the summer season, with family barbecues, fishing and a day off.

But for military veterans and others, it is a more solemn day to commemorate and honor those Americans who have died in the line of duty.

That couldn’t happen in most cases in 2020, but this year life is returning to normal with Memorial Day celebrations being held in Presque Isle County on Monday.

In Posen, members of South Presque Isle (VFW) Foreign War Veterans Extension 7804 will serve at three churches in the area.

A morning religious service at St. Casimir’s Catholic Church begins at 9 a.m.

After that, the veterans and auxiliary members will line up and walk to the middle of the church graveyard to pay their respects to the veterans who came before us.

The group will then travel to Metz for another commemoration at the cemetery of the Saint-Dominique Catholic Church, as well as at the Saint-Pierre Lutheran Church.

In Rogers City, members

of the Rogers City VFW Post 607 will meet at war memorials in front of the Presque Isle County Courthouse at 10 a.m. for a celebration followed by a tribute at Memorial Park Cemetery.

The day also includes stops at the Mount Calvary Cemetery and the Lutheran Church of Peace Cemetery. There will be no parade in 2021.

At 11 a.m. in Millersburg, the reading of the names of the veterans who are interred at Riverside Cemetery and other cemeteries in the area will return with Joe Brewbaker and Rick Adas as officiant.

In Onaway, members of the George C. Garms VFW Post 5857 will gather in front of the war memorial on the historic lawn of the Onaway Courthouse to honor their comrades at noon. There will be no parade or program. It’s a small step in getting back to normal, but it’s a welcome step forward on an important day in this country.

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