Memorial Day Parade setPublished 9:22pm Thursday, May 27, 2010
Niles will celebrate Memorial Day this holiday weekend with special services on Sunday and the annual parade taking place on Monday.
Memorial Day Services at Mission Hills Cemetery on M-51 North will take place Sunday at 11 a.m.
Sponsored by American Legion Post 26, Commander Kenneth Wolf of the Niles Post will speak during the service.
A second service will be held at 1 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial in Riverfront Park on Main Street.
The annual Niles Memorial Day Parade will be held Monday with line-up at 9 a.m. and the parade beginning at 10 a.m. sharp.
Following the parade, a service will be held at Silverbrook Cemetery. A wreath will be placed in the Veterans Circle by the cemetery’s cannon and Pastor Jeff Whittaker of the Michiana Christian Embassy will give the opening prayer. Whittaker will also serve as speaker of this year’s service, with Dorothy McLaughlin Auxiliary Chaplin providing the closing prayer.
Music will be provided by the Brandywine High School band.
Memorial Day Parade line-up
Niles Police Department
Michigan State Police
Berrien County Sheriff’s Department
American Legion Post 26 Color Guard
American Legion Post 26 Marching Firing Squad
Sons of the American Legion
Auxiliary Unit – Ms. Poppy Taylor Long and Bree Florida
Parade Grand Marshall – State representative of the 78th District Sharon Tyler
Master of Ceremonies – Commander Kenneth Wolf
Pastor Jeff Whittaker of Michiana Christian Embassy Church
Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey
Brandywine High School Marching Band
Red Hats Dizzy Dames
Polly’s Place of Niles
Ferry Street School Resource Center, Veterans Association
Bethlehem Baptist Church
All Needs Senior Citizens Helping Hands
Beacon Baptist Church
Niles Junior High School Band
Four Flags Area Apple Festival Float
Girl Scout troops
Boy Scout troops
Optimist Soccer League
Clark’s Towing Service
Niles Shrine Organization
Bill Wozinski’s Antique Cars and Tractors
Ron Vanderboegh’s Oliver Tractor
Odie Stewart, Rolling Thunder Chapter II
Niles High School Marching Band
Mr. and Miss Niles/Brandywine
Mr. and Miss Riverfest
U.S. Postal Service
Niles/Brandywine Girls Softball League
Brandywine Little League Baseball
SMCAS Ambulance Service
Niles City Fire Department
Niles Township Fire Department
Howard Township Fire Department
Bicycles, skateboards, etc.
HFS tractors, ATV and horses
All parade applications are asked to be turned in by Sunday and those in need of more information can contact Kenneth Wolf 684-3098.
Organizers hope the community will turn out for the parade on Monday to “show our country’s pride and support for all our veterans of past wars and all the soldiers that are in all our present day armed forces.”