May 29, 2017
The Spring Lake Memorial Day parade is a time-honored tradition that gives the community an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the current, past, and fallen service veterans from the area.
Every year, a parade marshal is selected from the community. Someone who has served the Country is given the honor to represent the armed forces as the parade marshal. The selection of the Parade Marshall is done by nomination. Any community member may submit a nomination to Steve Van Belkum.
Police and fire departments as well as organizations and businesses in the area also participate in the parade. Families are encouraged to dress in red, white and blue and to decorate their trikes, bikes, and wagons and march in the parade.
The Parade Committee sponsors a patriotic essay contest for students in the second grade. Students submit an essay on what it means to be an American and/or the meaning of Memorial Day. Three winners are selected and they are presented with an American flag, have the honor of riding on the Knights of Columbus train in the parade, have their essays read at the ceremony in the cemetery, and having their photo and essay published in the Grand Haven Tribune.
The public and all veterans are invited to join the festivities.
The parade route starts at the corner of Buchanan and Exchange Streets, goes east, and then turns south on Lake Avenue. From there it turns east onto River Street, then north onto Fruitport Road, ending at Spring Lake Township Cemetery. A memorial tribute to all veterans is held at the cemetery.
.If you would like to submit a nomination for parade marshal, or volunteer for this event please contact:
Steve Van Belkum, Chair, at email@example.com or by calling 616-402-1653.