AOVWS joins Memorial Day Parade in Mount Pleasant 5-30-16
Joseph V. Sowmick - May 31, 2016
In an effort to provide bonus coverage, Team Observer was on location in downtown Mount Pleasant on Memorial Day with the Anishinaabe Ogitchedaw Veterans Warrior Society as hundreds of families, friends and community paid their respects to those who gave all for our freedom.
The AOVWS were joined with the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 110, American Legion Officers and other representatives of our Armed Forces marched in the May 30 Memorial Day Parade. AOVWS Okima David Perez, Sr. carried the Warrior Staff with fellow AOVWS servicemen Ken Soney, Nels Larsen and Damian Fisher proudly representing the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and their fellow Native American Veterans. The ceremony also included the Mount Pleasant High School Marching Band along with a 21 Gun Salute, Taps and a heartfelt prayer for our fallen soldiers and country.
A Memorial Day Prayer
We thank Thee for this day that you have given us.
We rejoice in the hope of your glory, as we have gathered on this occasion to honor the sentinels of freedom, who have guarded the citadel of democracy.
We pray for the families who have given loved ones on the battlefields, known and lesser known, but all greatly essential.
We pray for the Men and Women who hold aloft their armaments that the torch of liberty should not be extinguished.
We pray for the President, The Congress, and The Courts.
We here to fore resolve that as Christ died to make men Holy, we shall dedicate ourselves to the task to Make Men Free… Free to Worship, Free to Spread the Good News, Free to reap the Bounty of the Earth, and Free to explore the boundless expansion of the Heaven.
A full story on the AOWVS and the Memorial Day Parade in Mount Pleasant will be featured in the July issue of your source for Tribal news … the Tribal Observer.