Muskegon thanks veterans with parades, services, events


By Cynthia Price

As usual in the Muskegon area, there was too much going on this Memorial Day weekend for any one person to attend it all. In addition to Fruitport Old Fashioned Days (see other article), there were parades and memorial services across the county.

One that is unique in all the world is the Lost Boat Ceremony at the U.S.S. Silversides Museum. On Sunday, a large group gathered for the service that includes ringing a bell and tossing a flower into the  channel for each submarine lost in World War II.

Emceed by former Muskegon Community College President and Silversides enthusiast Frank Marczak, the ceremony started out with a flyover by the Hooligans’ Warbirds,
Capt. Paul Ryan (Ret.), U.S. Navy,  urged the government to invest substantially in reviving its naval power during times of global trade. He commented about World War II,

“The enemies of peace and freedom were decisively ... defeated by the perseverance, the guts, and the determination of the United States sailor.”

On Monday, Lakeside held an impressive, though short, parade, which featured the Big Red Band (who could not attend the downtown parade), a variety of floats, emergency vehicles, vintage cars, and beloved volunteer Shirley Green in a Shirley-Green-sized vehicle.