By Mark Constance
Please take a moment this weekend to honor our fallen veterans.
So often we get caught up in petty political differences that overall, mean little in the context of the history of our nation. Especially when it comes to the ultimate sacrifice thousands of veterans have made over the past 246 years, all in the name of protecting the individual liberties and freedom that are inherent to being American.
So as you enjoy time with your friends and family this weekend, take a moment to attend a Memorial Day Ceremony. Thank a veteran for their service. Or visit a recruiter and become part of the tradition and commitment that come from protecting the United States.
As a sign at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Ann Arbor says, “All gave some. Some gave all.”
For those who gave all, it’s up to us to keep the memory of their sacrifice alive.
Quote of the day is from Adlai Stevenson:
“Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.”
Events around the region this weekend include:
ST. IGNACE – Native American Festival May 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the museum of Ojibwa Culture at 500 N. State Street. Info: museumofojibwaculture.net.
GAYLORD – Michaywe Community Wide Garage sale noon May 26-29. Info: 989-939-8919.
HOUGHTON LAKE – Uncle Groovy kicks of the Trestle Park summer concert service May 27 at 7 p.m. Bring a chair.
TAWAS – Memorial Day Art show May 28-29 at Shoreline Park on Tawas Bay.
PRESQUE ISLE – Light up the Sky 5k Run/Walk May 28 at 9 a.m. at New Presque Isle Lighthouse at 4500 E. Grand Lake Road. Info: RunSignup.com.
ALPENA – Alpena Farmer’s Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mich-e-ke-wis Park at 1302 South State Ave.
MACKINAW CITY – Largest Memorial Day Parade in Michigan May 27 at 1 p.m. Fort Michiliackinac Reenactment Pageant cast in costume. Scottville Clown Band at 11 a.m. at Mackinac Crossings.
TRAVERSE CITY = Cherry Capital Comic Con May 26-28 at Grand Traverse Resort at 100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd. Hours: May 26 from 5-8 p.m.; May 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and May 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PETOSKEY – Stafford’s Top of Michigan Festival of Races May 27. 8th annual event at Petoskey’s Lakefront Park. Half marathon, 5k and 10k races. Same day registration. Info: trailscouncil.org/festivalofraces.
WALLOON LAKE – Blessing of the Boats May 27 from 1-2 p.m.; and Third Annual Wet Paint Art Show. Art show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Village Green Park. Prizes for “Best Decorated Boat,” Sweetwater Floral Arrangement for the first (15) boats. Fun and games on the lawn along with sidewalk sales, including arts and craft vendors. Info: Boats and Art Show.
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