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There will be plenty of Memo-rial Day activities, parades andceremonies taking placethroughout Charlevoix Countythis coming weekend. While it’stempting to simply sit back andsoak up the sun, this is also aspecial time to partake in thoseevents that honor the memoriesof those who have given theirlives in the service of our greatcountry.Memorial Day, originallyknown as Decoration Day, is aday of remembrance for thosewho have died in our nation’sservice. The holiday began afterthe Civil War, but there aremany stories as to its actual be-ginnings, with several citiesclaiming to be the birthplace of the holiday. Waterloo N.Y. was of-ficially declared the birthplaceof Memorial Day by PresidentLyndon Johnson in May 1966,but it is more likely that it hadmany separate beginnings, withpeople in towns across the coun-try gathering to honor the deadin the wake of the Civil War.Decoration Day was officiallyproclaimed on May 5, 1868 byGeneral John Logan, com-mander of the Grand Army of the Republic, and was first ob-served on 30 May 1868, whenflowers were placed on thegraves of Union and Confederatesoldiers at Arlington NationalCemetery. The name graduallychanged from Decoration Day toMemorial Day, and after WorldWar I, Memorial Day changedfrom honoring just those whodied fighting in the Civil War tohonoring Americans who diedfighting in any war. Congressmade Memorial Day an officialnational holiday in 1971 andmoved the holiday’s observancefrom May 30 to the last Mondayin May, allowing for a three-dayholiday weekend.Ceremonies will take placethroughout northern CharlevoixCounty to honor the memories of those who have sacrificed theirlives to preserve our freedoms.Here is a selection of events thatwill take place in the area thisMemorial Day weekend:
On Saturday, May 26th therewill be a Memorial Day celebra-tion with music, food and fire-works at Sommerset PointeYacht Club.On Sunday, May 27th, the an-nual Memorial Day Drag Raceswill be held at the Boyne CityAirport from noon to 5 pm (seerelated article).On Monday, May 28th, therewill be a Memorial Day break-fast to benefit school boosterfoundation at Boyne City HighSchool. At 11 am, a veteran’s pa-rade will take place from the vet-eran’s hall to Veterans Parkwhere ceremony will be held atnoon.
On May 28th, there will be aservice at Brookside Cemeteryat 9 am, and a Memorial Day pa-rade will be held at 10 am start-ing Garfield, proceeding throughdowntown to Veterans Park, fol-lowed by a wreath ceremony atEast Park for veterans lost atsea.
A Memorial Day parade willbe held at 10:30 a.m. on May 28th,followed by a service in Memo-rial Park.
The American Legion holdsseveral memorial services onMay 28th, starting at NorwoodCemetery at 9 am, then at At-wood Cemetery at 10 am, and atEllsworth Cemetery at 11 am.There will be a parade throughdowntown Ellsworth at noon,proceeding to Wooden Shoe Parkwhere a wreath will be placed inEllsworth Lake in memory of those veterans lost at sea.The annual 26 mile BreezewayGarage Sale will also be held thiscoming weekend, on SundayMay 27th and Monday, May 28th.
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This com-ing Sunday,May 27th,the annualMemorialDay DragRace willtake placeat theBoyne CityAirport be-ginning atnoon andrunninguntil ap-proxi-mately 5pm. Co-sponsoredby theBoyne Val-ley LionsClub andthe BoyneCity PoliceDepart-ment, thisis the thirdyear theside-by-side1/8-miledrag race has been held on Me-morial Day weekend, in addi-tion to being held each LaborDay weekend since 2003.The event is a fundraiser forthe Boyne City Police Depart-ment and the Boyne City Air-port, with proceeds afterexpenses being split betweenthese two outstanding commu-nity agencies. The driver regis-tration fee is $30.00, andspectator fees are $10 for gen-eral admission or $15 for a spe-cial “Pit Pass.” Childrenunder 12 are admitted for free.Boyne Valley Lions Club willbe on site with lots of fooditems and beverages for sale.No pets or alcoholic beveragesallowed.For the racers, Pro-tree orSportsman tree options areavailable and time slips areprinted for each run. All vehi-cles are subject to technical in-spections before being allowedto participate in the racingevent. Vehicles must have seatbelts, helmets are required forall racers, and motorcyclistsmust have full leathers orKevlar suit, gloves and bootsin addition to a helmet. Openheaders and slicks are allowed.A wide variety of vehicletypes will compete during thedaylong event, including cars,trucks, snowmobiles, motorcy-cles and dune buggies. Thesights, sounds and excitementof watching these vehiclesrace down the strip are a thrillfor those of every age. Typi-cally, about 100 entries will runthe track during the afternoonof the event.
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