As we get ready for the upcoming holiday weekend, please remember that Memorial Day itself is an American holiday observed to honor men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military. Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Memorial Day on Monday will feature a number of observances throughout the tri-state area to remember those who have fallen in service to our country.
-STEUBEN COUNTY: Fremont will celebrate with a parade at 10:30 Monday morning followed by a service and new flag pole dedication at the Fremont American Legion.
-LAGRANGE COUNTY: Memorial Services will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Howe at 9 a.m. and Greenwood Cemetery at 11 a.m. in LaGrange.
-BRANCH COUNTY: Ceremonies in Coldwater’s Four Corners Park will be at 8:30 a.m. A parade of walking and motorized units will head west on Chicago Street from the 4-Corners Park starting at 9:15 a.m. The Lost At Sea Dedication at 9:45 a.m. will take place again on the bridge near the Willows on the west side of Coldwater. The Gathering of Flags War Memorial ceremony on Flag Hill in the new portion of the cemetery will start at 10:40 a.m. Meanwhile, One of the largest Memorial Day parades in the area will kick off in Union City at 10:30 a.m. Monday. The nearly one hour parade will be followed by a service at Riverside Cemetery. In Bronson, the American Legion will hold a short ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at the Bronson City Cemetery before it finishes at St Mary's Cemetery. Quincy will be having their Memorial Day parade at 11 a.m. It will start at the Quincy American Legion post. A ceremony will follow at Lakeview Cemetery.
-Williams County: The Village of Montpelier will honor and remember local service members who gave all for our freedom and all who served our nation during their annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony, May 30th starting at the Town Hall at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will be held at Riverside Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. Special Guest Speaker will be Mr. Skyler Engel, Administrative Specialist, Williams County Veterans Service Office. A Bicycle Judging contest will be held after the ceremony for bicycles decorated in a patriotic theme.