Memorial Day Parades
Coldwater parade begins at 8:30 a.m.
on Monday, Memorial day. The parade
tarts at the corner of Hudson and East
Chicago streets and winds through downtown
along Chicago Street. The parade finishes
at the corner of either Pierson Street
or Walnut Street. The parade includes
veterans, civic leaders and the
Coldwater High School Marching Band.
Marshall's Memorial Day Parade
Allegan: The traditional parade begins at 10 a.m.
in front of Griswold Auditorium and ends at the
Oakwood Cemetery, where a brief ceremony will be held.
Bloomingdale: The annual parade starts at 11 a.m.
at Bloomingdale High School and winds its way to
the village park for a ceremony.
Breedsville: The parade begins at 11 a.m.
on West Main Street and leads to a service
at the Breedsville Cemetery.
Centreville: A 9:30 a.m. parade goes
from Adams Park to Prairie River Cemetery,
where a ceremony will be held.
Kalamazoo: The Kalamazoo County Memorial Day
Parade begins at 10 a.m. on Michigan Avenue
near Rose Street downtown – rain or shine -- and ends with a ceremony
at Riverside Cemetery on Gull Road. Parade participants
will include floats, military vehicles, marching bands,
fire trucks and more. Jill Eldred, Rotary Club of
Kalamazoo-Sunrise president, said this year's guest
of honor is Paul Love, a retired master electrician
and self-educated historian with a special interest
in the Tuskegee Airmen.
Lawrence: A parade starts at 10 a.m. at Lawrence
High School and will feature a ceremony at Hill Cemetery.
Lawton: A Memorial Day parade begins at 10 a.m. in front
of the Bronson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Walker
Street and heads to Oak Grove Cemetery for ceremonies by
the Waters/Hackenberg American Legion Post 222. There will
also be a barbecue served at the fire station after the parade.
MDOT will be closing M-40 from Bitely to First streets in
Lawton from 9-11 a.m. for the parade.
Martin/Gun Lake: Parade participants will gather outside
Martin High School at 9:30 a.m., and the parade will begin
at 10 a.m. It will proceed through downtown to Memorial Park
on North Main Street. Immediately after the parade will be
a formal program with a flag ceremony.
Mattawan: The parade steps off at 11 a.m. at Mattawan Early
Elementary School and heads to the village park for a ceremony.
Mendon: The parade begins at noon at the Mendon Township Library
and heads first to the Mendon Catholic Cemetery, then a naval
ceremony at the Portage River and ends at the Mendon Township Cemetery.
Otsego/Alamo: The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3030 parade will
be a little different this year. It will begin at 9 a.m. with a
short military ceremony at Mountain Home Cemetery, which is
normally the end point for the parade. Then, at about 9:15 a.m.,
the parade will move down Farmer Street to Memorial Park, where
dedication of the Otsego Area Veterans Memorial will follow
Paw Paw: American Legion McGowan-Johnson Post 68 sponsors a parade
at 10 a.m. from Gremps Street to Maple City Veterans' Memorial Park,
where services will be held at 11 a.m. There will be a Navy memorial
ceremony on Michigan Avenue at the river at 9:30 a.m.
Portage: The parade through the heart of Portage starts
at 10 a.m. on South Westnedge Avenue at the Southland Mall
and heads south to Portage Central Cemetery and Portage
Veterans Memorial for a ceremony.
Schoolcraft: A parade starts at 11 a.m. at Cass and
Cedar streets and continues to the Schoolcraft Cemetery,
where there will be a ceremony coordinated by
American Legion Wiley-Koon Post 475.
Vicksburg: The American Legion Roy Canavan Post 213
is sponsoring a parade, with assembly to begin at
9:40 a.m. and then the parade starting at 10 a.m.,
both from the Vicksburg Administration Building,
301 S. Kalamazoo Ave. The parade will wind its way
to the Vicksburg Cemetery on Highway Street,
where a 10:40 a.m. ceremony is planned. This year's
address is by retired Lt. Col. Brett Johnson of the
U.S. Army and Western Michigan University ROTC.
Also included will be the traditional community
firing squad by members of the American Legion
Post 213 and VFW Post 5189.