NEGAUNEE, Mich. (WLUC) - People lined the streets in downtown Negaunee on Monday for a Memorial Day parade held by the Negaunee VFW Post 3165.
The parade, which has been happening since 1917, featured veterans, a color guard, and music from the Negaunee High School and City Bands.
After the parade, the VFW then held a Memorial Day service at the Negaunee Cemetery.
Despite the rain and cold weather, many people from the community attended the service.
"It's the least I can do, to stand in the drizzling rain and salute. It's the least anyone can do, is to stand up, take your hat off if necessary, salute, put your hand over your heart,” said VFW Post 3165 Auxiliary President, Scott Collins.
"It's for all the fallen veterans that are no longer here, that we pay tribute to them," said VFW Post 3165 Trustee, Tom Stanaway.
Veterans with the VFW say that not only is the memorial service important for families that may have lost a loved one, but it also reminds the public of the ultimate price that some have had to pay.
"It brings back all kinds of memories of the fact, you know, you shouldn't forget them. Which I don't, but sometimes, the public does,” Stanaway commented on the importance of the service.
For Stanaway, Memorial Day holds a lot of significance.
"It's a moving thing for a person that's in the service. I had a lot of friends that passed away overseas. I remember them.
I remember them on this day,” he said.
After the service, the public was invited back to Post 3165 in Negaunee for lunch and beverages.
Stanaway and Collins both said that the amount of support shown on Memorial Day was outstanding, but that it’s important to remember fallen service members every day of the year.
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