IRON COUNTY—Those who gave their all for their country will be remembered and honored next Monday, May 26, when Iron County and the rest of the nation observes Memorial Day.
Special ceremonies will take place Memorial Day morning at cemeteries around the county, led by the West Side and East Side Veterans councils.
Stambaugh: Members of Reino American Legion Post 21 will place flags on the graves of veterans at Stambaugh Cemetery on Sunday, May 25, at 9 a.m.
The Memorial Day program starts at 10:30 a.m. Marie Brunswick will be the master of ceremonies.
The flag will be raised by members of the Caspian-Gaastra Fire Department, while Kerry Rivard sings the National Anthem. Deacon Robert Kostka of St. Agnes/St. Cecelia Catholic church, who is also a member of Legion Post 21, will give the invocation and benediction.
Connie Jagelewski and Roselyn Johnson, members of the Reino Post 21 Ladies Auxiliary, will place the wreath, and West Iron County students Megan Quayle and Zane Sarafiny will give recitations.
The West Iron County High School Band will play two patriotic songs.
The speaker is Patricia Johnson Teranishi, a retired colonel with the Army Nurse Corps. She was born in Stambaugh and graduated from Iron River High School. Along with 13 years in civilian education programs, she attended the Officers Basic Course at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and the Air Force Flight Nursing School at Brook Air Force Base, Texas. She served in active duty from June 1966 to March 1968, including tours as a staff nurse, medical ward and staff nurse emergency room in Vietnam. She also served as certified registered nurse anesthetist and member of the Quality Assurance Committee at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Teranishi also served with the Delaware Air National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve and was chief nurse of the 1,000-bed Reserve Hospital at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. In all, she served 30 years with the military and has been awarded many decorations and badges, including the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
She is a lifetime member of American Legion Reino Post 21, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Reserve Officer Association and is a Retired Army Nurse Corps Association member, among other groups.
The program will conclude with the firing of the volley by members of the Reino Post 21 firing squad and the playing of taps.
Crystal Falls/Amasa: The East Side Veterans Council observance will start with a short parade, which lines up at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Logan Street at 8:30 a.m. and steps off at 9.
The procession marches to the ceremony area at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, where the rest of the program takes place.
Christopher Sholander is the master of ceremonies and opens the program. After the invocation, the Forest Park High School band will play.
the National Anthem.
The main speaker will be Don Boulanger, former Crystal Falls/Forest Park industrial arts teacher.
Boulanger, who was born and raised in Manistee, joined the Navy after high school graduation. After being discharged, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Central Michigan University and the University of Michigan. He began teaching industrial education at Crystal Falls High School in 1949-50 and continued teaching until his retirement in 1986.
He is a member of Chris United Methodist Church, the Northwoods Writers Club, Crystal Falls Men’s Golf Club and Crystal Falls Lions Club. He received the Melvin Jones Award from the Crystal Falls Lions for dedicated humanitarian services. He has also taken the World War II Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., and has been honored as Crystal Falls Citizen of the Year.
After his remarks and music by the Forest Park band, the Ladies Auxiliary will lead the wreath ceremony, followed by a volley by the color guard, taps by the band’s buglers and a closing prayer.
After the ceremony, participants will board school buses to travel to Amasa for the parade and program there. En route, they will stop at the 82nd Airborne Division Memorial for a wreath ceremony, which includes a prayer by the auxiliary, volley by the color guard and taps, as a wreath is placed in the river.
In case of inclement weather, the parade would be canceled, and the service will be held inside Eddie Chambers Memorial Gym at Forest Park High School starting at 9:30 a.m. An announcement would be made on WIKB radio.
The Amasa parade takes place downtown. After the parade, buses take participants to Hematite Cemetery, where the service will be repeated. (May 26 is also Heritage Day in Amasa—a separate article has more details.)
Anyone who would like to help put the flags away on Tuesday, May 27, is asked to be at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery at 11 a.m.
Beechwood: Ceremonies at Rosehill Cemetery begin at 8 a.m., after the AMVETS Post 436 color guard marches to the site.
After Melina and Annalia Lopez lead the Pledge of Allegiance and trumpeter Curt Brendel plays the National Anthem, Dorothy Javoroski, the master of ceremonies, will introduce the Rev. Bonny Kinnunen of First Lutheran Church, who will give the invocation and benediction.
Melina Lopez will read “In Flanders Fields,” followed by a musical presentation by Krista Gussert and Gary Friestrom.
The speaker will be retired Air Force Lt Col. Kerry Beaghan. Following his address, Brendel will play “America,” and the roll call is read by Post 436 Commander Frank Jirik. After that, the color guard fires the volley, and Brendel plays taps.
Everyone is invited to the Beechwood Hall immediately after the program for a Memorial Day social.
Bates Township: The Memorial Day service at the Bates Township Cemetery will start at 8 a.m., with a flag-raising ceremony by members of Veterans of Foreign War Post 3134 of Iron River.
Ottawa Post 3134 of the VFW will form the color guard. In the Pocket will provide the vocals and music, and Associate Pastor Kraig Tass of Iron River Bible Church will give the invocation and benediction.
The speaker will be Mike Golas, a township resident, who will speak about the meaning of Memorial Day. Following the roll call, benediction by Pastor Tass, salute by the color guard and the playing of taps, the program ends.
In case of inclement weather, the ceremony takes place at the Township Hall.
A continental breakfast will be served immediately after the ceremony at the Bates Township Hall. Hostesses are Gail Passamani and Mary Baumgartner.
Iron River: Memorial Day events begin at 8 a.m. with the firing of a volley at the old City Cemetery by American Legion Post 17.
At 9:30, the West Side Veterans Council will lead a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial on Genesee Street. The presidents of the Legion Post 17 Auxiliary and VFW Post 3134 Auxiliary will present the wreath at the memorial.
Due to the Genesee Street construction project, there will be no parade this year.
The program at Resthaven Cemetery starts at 11 a.m. The West Side Veterans Council will provide the music. Bob Black is master of ceremonies, Bill Leonoff is the guest speaker, and Don Wolf, adjutant of the West Side Veterans Council, will lead the invocation and benediction.
A combined unit of all veterans groups will assemble for the firing of the volley and the playing of taps. The two Auxiliary presidents will present the wreath at the cemetery.
Following the Resthaven ceremony, Post 17 and the Sons of the Legion from Post 17 will repeat the program at the cemetery in Alvin, Wis.