Memorial Day event schedule announced

Published 11:08 pm Thursday, May 26, 2011

Memorial Day services organized by American Legion Post 26 will be held Sunday at 11 a.m. at Mission Hills Cemetery, M-51 North, Niles. The speaker will be Niles Legion Post Commander Kenneth Wolf.

A second service will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at the veterans’ memorial in Riverfront Park on Main Street. The service is also hosted by American Legion Post 26. Wolf will speak at the service and Auxiliary Chaplain Dorothy McLaughlin will give the closing prayer.

The Memorial Day parade will be Monday, with lineup at the former YMCA on State Street at 9 a.m. and the parade staring at 10 a.m. sharp.

Following the parade, a service will be held at Silverbrook Cemetery, with a wreath placed in the Veterans’ Circle near the cannon. Pastor Jeff Whittaker of Michiana Christian Embassy will give the opening prayer and McLaughlin will give the closing prayer. Whittaker will also be the speaker. The Niles High School Band will provide patriotic music for the service.

Memorial Day parade lineup

1. Niles Police Department

2. Michigan State Police

3. Berrien County Sheriff’s Department

4. American Legion Post 26 Commander Kenneth Wolf, master of ceremonies

5. Past Post Commander Harry Roberts, grand marshal

6. American Legion Post 26 Color Guard

7. American Legion Post 26 Firing Squad

8. Sons of the American Legion/Auxiliary Unit-Miss Poppy Taylor Frazier/Blue and Gold Star Mothers

9. Pastor Jeff Whittaker, Michiana Christian Embassy

10. Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey

11. Niles High School Marching Band

12. Red Hats Dizzy Dames

13. Polly’s Place of Niles

14. Ferry Street School/Resource/Veterans Association

15. Niles Quizno’s

16. Bruce Leach, 2011 candidate for mayor of Niles

17. Bret Wilkowski, county treasurer

18. Niles Junior High School Band

19. Four Flags Area Apple Festival float

20. Lacey’s Dance and Fitness

21. Girl Scout troops with Hummer

22. Boy Scout troops with trailer

23. Optimist Soccer League

24. St. Mary’s School Boy Scout Troop 579

25. Clark’s Towing Service (four trucks)

26. Niles Shrine Organization float

27. Bill Wozinski’s antique cars and tractors

28. Ron Vanderboegh’s Oliver tractor

29. Michiana Cruisers

30. Brandywine High School Marching Band

31. Claude Morgan, classic car

32. Miss Niles and Miss Michigan Galaxy

33. Mr. and Mrs. Riverfest

34. U.S. Postal Service

35. Niles/Brandywine Girls Softball League

36. Howard Township Little League Baseball, van pulling trailer

37. Brandywine Little League Baseball

38. Southwestern Michigan Community Ambulance Service

39. Niles City Fire Department

40. Niles Township Fire Department

41. Howard Township Fire Department

42. Bicycles, skateboards, etc.

43. HFS tractors, ATVs and horses

44. First Church of Christ, horse team pulling floats with two goats

All bicycles should stay in formation and not zig-zag in and out of the parade.

For more information, call Kenneth Wolf at 684-3098. Additional parade entries may be accepted.