Memorial Day: A time to remember and celebrate

EATON RAPIDS, MICH. (WLNS)— What makes a perfect Memorial Day?

For some, it might be the parade. With the band marching by, the boy scouts waving, a lollipop on your day off from school. In its own way, cheering in the streets serves as tribute.

“It’s to celebrate life, to honor the people that have died. And it just… To remember them as a happy person. I think that’s probably about the best thing, is to remember them how they were,” recalls June Lloyd, auxiliary president for the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

All the while keeping in mind the sacrifice our servicemen and women made.

“It comes from within, what they give to the country,” explained one parade-goer.

It’s never too early to understand this commitment.

“The people that fight for our country,” said a young girl along the sidewalk.

Question: Do you think it’s important that we think about them and have today?


For many, especially our veterans, Memorial Day’s memory goes beyond the smiles on Main Street.

“I have a lot of friends that were lost over there and stuff, so I like to think about them,” explained Floyd Root, a Vietnam Veteran.

Luke Betts, a Marine Veteran, thinks about those who can’t enjoy this weather, this parade.

“It’s not about barbequing and going to the beach and being out on boats. It’s about reflecting on the men and women who have lost their lives.”

And so we take the time to honor the troops in silence as well. Never forgetting those who have passed, and those who still serve.

“It’s hard to be away from their family…Our job is to protect our country. And if it wasn’t for them, we would not have a free society,” explained John Verhage, a Navy veteran who has served for decades.

He defended the freedom to cheer, or to bow your head in silence.

Always in memory of those who fought for the red, white and blue.





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