Memorial Day Parade and Service in Carleton

Ash Carleton Cemetery

Ash St.
Carleton, MI 48117

Retired Air Force Command Master Sgt. Michael Dalton will be the guest speaker at the annual Memorial Day service Monday in Ash-Carleton Cemetery off Ash St.

The service will follow a parade at 10 a.m. through the village that will end at the cemetery. The Airport High School Marching Band under the direction of Dan Savel and members of Carleton Post 4093, Veterans of Foreign Wars, will lead the procession to the cemetery for the traditional ritual of placing floral tributes at the grave of a deceased member.

Mr. Dalton, an Ash Township resident, will give the main address on the holiday's significance. Also planned is a repeat of the "Battlefield Cross" ceremony that was performed for the first time last year. The ceremony symbolizes a fallen soldier in the field. There will be a "Lest They Be Forgotten" exhibit of a soldier's helmet, boots and an upside-down rifle, according to Don Kesckes Sr., post commander who will serve as master of ceremonies. Post members Donnie Spaulding, a Vietnam War veteran, and Andy Holly, a veteran of the Afghanistan and the Iraq wars, will perform in the ceremony.

The Rev. Kurt Taylor, an Air Force veteran and pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, Waltz, will give the invocation and also lead the ritual of paying tributes. Andrew Fogle, a member of Boy Scout Troop 566, will sing the national anthem, and a member of the band will play "Taps" to conclude the service. Soloist Karen Struble from the auxiliary will sing "A Salute to Our Soldiers," a song that honors each of the five branches of the Armed Forces, while Gary Staelgraeve rings a bell in tribute.

Featured in the parade will be Dr. Joseph Hunt of Carleton driving a wagon pulled by his award-winning show mules.

After the ceremony, participants are invited back to the post home at I-275 and Carleton-Rockwood Rd. for refreshments. Mr. Kecskes is finishing his sixth year as commander, with Senior Vice Commander Frank Mills taking over his duties June 7.

Monday, 28 May, 2012