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Memorial Day Observed

May 27, 2019       Leave a Comment
By: Stephen Kent

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On a beautiful Monday America honored those who died in the service of their country. As guns rang out in salute, and the mournful sound of Taps drifted over manicured lawns, readings and prayers were offered at the graves of the fallen from past wars.

Memorial day ceremonies were held in most of Bay City's cemeteries. Historical Pine Ridge on the corner of North Tuscola and Ridge Roads is home to Soldier's Rest, which holds the graves of Civil War and other veterans. At least two services were held in this sacred site as others were held in the neighboring cemeteries.

Pine Ridge is special to many. Long abandoned, it has no actual owner. The all volunteer "Friends of Pine Ridge Cemetery" group meet regularly, raise money, and provide the loving care to keep this honored burying ground groomed and looked after.

This Memorial Day, as so many others before, honored and remembered those who went before.

Flags were placed in all local cemeteries to commemorate the fallen on Memorial Day

Small flags wave over Civil War markers.

The military tradition of inspection continues even in reenactments.

Guns rang out in Pine Ridge and the other cemeteries close by.

Tradition continues with the annual readings for the fallen.

Respectful Observance of the Soldiers from past wars.

Flowers grace Soldier's Rest monument.

Reenactors remember the lives and stories of those who went before.

A family remembers past generations who gave for their country

The tradition of the coin:
A penny left on the top of the headstone shows that the grave-site was visited.
A nickel is left by one who trained with the deceased.
A dime means the visitor served with with the deceased.
A quarter is left by someone was with the veteran when they were killed.

Photographers recorded the services on a beautiful day.

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Stephen Kent

Steve Kent and his family have lived in Bay City for 40 years. He is VP of Technical Services at MMCC which produces MyBayCity.Com. Kent is active in many Bay City civic organizations.

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