Memorial Day Ceremonies in Shelby and Utica

Both Shelby Township and Utica are honoring fallen American military members with Memorial Day ceremonies.

On Sunday, May 27 at 1:30 p.m., Shelby Township officials and community members will gather at the Shelby Township Veteran’s Memorial on Municipal Grounds.

The program will begin with a welcome from Supervisor Rick Stathakis, then moderator and Shelby Township Veterans Special Event Coordinator Phil Randazzo will give remarks. Stathakis and Randazzo will perform the placement of the wreath followed by a rendition of the National Anthem from the Lakeside Assembly of God Church Choir.

Eagle Scout Master Raymond Jahn, Boy Scout Troop #156 and Eagle Scout Mentor Bill Vasilides will participate in the posting of colors and Pledge of Allegiance, with an Invocation by Pastor Dr. Philip Krist. Honored speaker Pastor Paulus Obey, Retired Master Sgt. Iraq & Afghanistan will then give his remarks. The event is rounded out with a 21 Gun Salute and performance of Taps.

To learn more, visit “Charter Township of Shelby” on Facebook and click on their Events page.

On Monday, May 28 at 1 p.m., the City of Utica is hosting a Memorial Day Gathering at Memorial Park, located adjacent to the Utica Public Library. Veterans and active military personnel are encouraged to attend.

“Being a veteran, events like this are personal for me,” said Utica Mayor Thom Dionne. “I’ve lost friends to war. Along with our friends, neighbors, and fellow veterans we will honor those who gave all so selflessly in the name of this Great Nation.”

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