Event Pictorials
2010 Parade of Thanks
May 15, 2010
The 5th Annual Parade of Thanks and Program, was held on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 15, in Hancock and Houghton.
Put on by the Keweenaw Cares Corps, the morning Parade runs from Franklin Square, in Houghton, to the Church of the Resurrection in Hancock. A combined Veterans Color Guard leads off. The Calumet National Guard 1431 Engineers Sapper Unit, recently returned from a combat tour in Afghanistan (they had a combat tour in Iraq 3 years ago). A float by the Hubbell American Legion Post 291. A contingent by the Calumet VFW Post 3900 and Auxiliary.
This float is by the Dollar Bay VFW Post 6028. Students from the Dollar Bay Schools pay their respects to area Veterans and First Responders. This vintage WWII Jeep and Trailer, is owned by Paul & Judy Smigowski, of Tamarack, both Veterans. Keweenaw Detachment 1016, Marine Corps League.
A contingent from Portage Health Systems. This large float honors women who have served in the military through the years. Local High School Junior R.O.T.C. Units. Several local supporters.
The Chassell VFW Post 6507. The area’s Moose Lodge 2571. This ATV vehicle show the Flag. And the youngster is happy to be here as well.
Hancock’s Volunteer Fire Department Aerial Ladder Truck. A huge Program was held after lunch in the Copper Country Mall. A part of the crowd in attendance. The Noteworthy Singers sing our National Anthem, while Reverand Kenneth Toth did Chaplain duties. A Flag folding demonstration led by Kylie Cleary.
Several Toivola residents, (L) Don Arnson, and, Reino Heikinen, performed a special musical tribute. This year’s Parade Grand Marshals were Eloise Greenley; Mary Altman,RN; and SPC John French, of the 1431 MI National Guard. Here, WWII W.A.C. (Womens Army Corps) bugler Eloise Greenley, was presented with a plaque from the Michigan Legislature and signed also by MI Govenor Granholm. It was presented by State Representative Mike Lahti. 103 year old Lt. Mary Altman, RN, was presented a plaque from the U.S. Congress, honoring her service to wounded servicemen in WWII. It was presented by Amy Wisti, representing Congressman Bart Stupak. In a touching moment, as the Keweenaw Swing Band played a Glen Miller melody from the 1940s, 103 year old Mary Altman reached over and gripped the hand of SPC John French, a Purple Heart recipient as a result of wounds received in Iraq, a 60-plus year ‘bridge of concern’ for yet another American Wounded serviceman.
[Photos; Roland Burgan, r-burgan@charter.net ]
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