GENESEE COUNTY, MI – Genesee County residents joined them or gathered to watch Memorial Day parades in their cities to honor the day honored veterans were killed.
Here are some of the Memorial Day meetings in the area, including Burton, Linden and Fenton.
Linden Memorial Day Parade 2018
With American flags and red poppies in hand, hundreds of people marched in downtown Linden to honor those who defended their lands.
The parade started at the Linden VFW Price Crane Robinson's Post 4642 and ended at the Veteran Memorial in Fairview Cemetery.
Aligned and ready to march in the Memorial Day parade were the Linden High School Marching Band, the Linden Eagles Dance Team, and the Linden Scout Troop
John Bennett, director of the Linden High School Marching Band, said the group had one has a long tradition of performing in the parade and practicing for the 201
"We rehearse on Thursdays for three hours once a week," Bennett said with the 65-member band that played "Salute to Freedom" and "Cadence" Chicago. "I love being able to attend the community event, it's great to give something back and it's a great opportunity to teach these students the same."
While the event had been held for 70 years, it was the first time that the Linden Eagles Dance Team was able to attend the parade.
Head coach Heather Ryers said the dancers – from first graders to high school seniors – are really excited to be part of the event.
Josilynn Hradowsky, a 13-year-old dancer who has been dancing for 11 years, says she loves to perform for people and is happy to be part of the Memorial Day Parade.
In keeping with tradition, the Linden Boy Scouts marched in the parade with flags and honored those who had served.
The Boy Scouts have always been part of the parade as long as Michael Hermann remembers.
Hermann, who was for three troop commander years, said the parade is a great opportunity to reinstall the mainl Teaching Essinson Scouts – Character, Citizenship, and Physical Health
"What a better way to showcase citizenship, to attend a memorial day parade and pay tribute to those who fought for our country, "said Hermann. "We were there when we set up flags in the veteran cemetery on Friday, reminding the troops of the legacies of our parishioners and what they fought for."
Tyler Hermann, Michael's 14-year-old son, spent more than three years in Boy Scouts.
Participating in the Memorial Day Parade for him is important for several reasons, but the most important is respect for his father, who served in the US Air Force.
"My favorite part of the event is the graduation ceremony," Tyler said.
The event ended at the Veteran Memorial at Fairview Cemetery, where hundreds gathered to pay tribute to those who served their country.
Among those in the crowd was Dan Brewer, who is standing in the shade next to three Jeep Wranglers against a tree on a warm morning
Brewer, 64, serving in the US Navy during the Vietnam War in 1971, repaired the vehicles and lent they each to the parade year.
"I was stationed six months south of Egypt on the coast opposite Saudi Arabia, managing and overseeing the shipping to North Vietnam," Brewer said. "I was 17 when I joined in. My dad had to sign up for me at that time."
Brewer's father also served in the US Navy and was a gunner during World War II.
In total, Brewer has restored seven cars, his last being the 1942 WWII Dodge Command Car also known as the WC15.
"I started collecting and restoring these vehicles in 1970," Brewer said. "I am here today to honor those who served and failed to make it home, never shot, I was lucky."
Families and friends returned to VFW Crane Robinson's Post 4642 The ceremony at the cemetery ended.
There was a concert in the nearby park and a community picnic was held where you could enjoy hot dogs, chips, water and ice for free.
Fenton Memorial Day Parade
In Fenton, a small parade went through the city with the Linden High School Marching Band and ended at the Oakwood Cemetery, where a memorial service was held in honor of fallen veterans.
Richard Carmer, Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3243 in Fenton, commented that "Memorial Day is not for the living."
"Memorial Day is for us in honor of our late veterans and those who make the biggest sacrifice – their lives – for our country," he added. "It's all about freedom and it's not about forgetting our fallen soldiers and keeping their memories alive."
Fenton resident Layne Schupbach came to church on foot and walked almost 16 miles from the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly Township, where her father lived Elmer is buried.
Families spend time with their loved ones at the Great Lakes National Cemetery
"It's just one way to honor and veterinarians," she said after Elmer had served as a scout and Gunny in World War II he was captured and
He did not share too many details with family members about his time on duty, but Layne remembers her father talking about sleeping in a coffin in a funeral home in Europe
Layne is fine on Memorial Day, to "remember and honor the people who fought for our freedom and have not come home" and hoped that the journey she has made over the past three years on this special day has been something for her father Justice happens.
"The best way to honor the dead is to serve the living, so we do that," she said.
Burton Memorial Day Parade
Cars lined up on Center Road to attend the Burton Memorial Day Parade.
The celebrations started on Monday morning with a Burton Memorial Day 5K Run / Walk event at Atherton High School and the very first Burton Mile race, which took place just before the parade.
The parade lined up on Center Road between Atherton and Bristol Road and ended at 67th District Courthouse on Manor Drive near Burton City Hall and the Burton Police Department
Karissa L. Robson and Robert E. Wilson as Grand Marshals of the parade.
Burton celebrates a rodeo drive game on the lawn at Burton City Hall, memorial and candlelight ceremonies at Veteran's Memorial Park, and fireworks at dusk.
MLive-The Flint Journal reporter Roberto Acosta contributed to this report.