Township, churches plan Memorial Day events
By Sarah Wojcik
From left, U.S. Air Force veteran Mike “Doc” Hardy, who served 1960-1968, and U.S. Army veteran Ken Carson, who served 1968-1971, both of Shelby Township, attend a past Shelby Township Memorial Day ceremony.
Posted May 17, 2017
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — In line with Memorial Day’s purpose to pay tribute to those who died in the line of duty, Shelby Township and local churches will hold special Memorial Day events.
At 1 p.m. Sunday, May 28, Shelby Township will host its annual Memorial Day ceremony at the veterans memorial located on the municipal grounds at 5270 Van Dyke Ave., south of 24 Mile Road.
Phil Randazzo, the township’s veteran events coordinator, said World War II veteran Jim D’Amore, who served with the 42nd Infantry Division in World War II, will be the special guest speaker.
“He’s sharp as a tack,” Randazzo said.
This year, he said, the theme will be an outpouring of gratitude for the residents of Shelby Township and the families of those who served in the military.
He said the rest of the program will include staples that have defined the township’s Memorial Day services in the past, such as the placing of a wreath, the national anthem, the posting of colors, the Pledge of Allegiance, an invocation, patriotic songs, a benediction, a 21-gun salute, taps and a siren salute.
For more information, call the Shelby Township Supervisor’s Office at (586) 731-5154.
From 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, Lakeside Assembly of God will hold its 2017 Veterans Night of Gratitude to honor veterans and their families. The event will feature a catered dinner, performances and plaques for veterans.
“They wanted to do something different for the veterans and change up the pace from the typical toothbrush, bar of soap and a care package,” Randazzo said. “They wanted to give them something. It’s like a two-hour party, is basically what it’s about. This is first-class.”
Guests must register in advance. For more information or to register, call (586) 726-1120. Lakeside Assembly of God is located at 46155 Schoenherr Road, between Hall and 21 Mile roads.
At 10 a.m. Sunday, May 28, Shepherd’s Gate Church will hold a freedom service to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as all who have served or are currently serving in the military. Greg Robinson, a longtime church member who served in the U.S. Air Force for 32 years, will share his story.
Following the service, the church will host a picnic luncheon and offer family games and inflatables from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“We feel it is important for the people out there every day fighting for us and fighting for our country to be recognized every year,” said Lisa Jansen, communication and design director for Shepherd’s Gate Church. “This is the first year we’re having the big picnic.”
Shepherd’s Gate Church is located at 12400 23 Mile Road, west of Schoenherr Road. For more information, call (586) 731-4544.
About the author
Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik covers Shelby Township and Utica for the Shelby-Utica News. Sarah has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2013 and attended Oakland University. She has won four Excellence in Journalism awards from the Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
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