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Memorial Day observances in Oxford, Addison



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A local Girl Scout places a dog tag on a white cross remembering Oxford resident Leo T. Flood, who was killed during World War II. Photo by C.J. Carnacchio (click for larger version)
May 22, 2013 - Oxford and Addison residents are encouraged to take some time away from their barbecues and recreational activities over Memorial Day weekend to remember all those soldiers, sailors and airmen who sacrificed their lives in the noble cause of freedom.

The Lakeville Cemetery Auxiliary will conduct its Memorial Day ceremony on Saturday, May 25 beginning at 12 noon.

Folks are asked to begin gathering in the Lakeville Cemetery on Drahner Rd., just east of Walker Rd., at 11:30 a.m.

The ceremony will consist of a flag-raising, patriotic music courtesy of Oxford Middle School choir students and the U.S. Army Band, the placing of a memorial wreath and a speech by state Sen. Jim Marleau (R-Lake Orion).

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Lauri Lowe will sing the National Anthem, Cemetery Auxiliary President Marlene Mallia will do a reading and Addison Township Supervisor Bruce Pearson will dedicate the state marker officially designating Lakeville Cemetery as an historic site.

Lunch will follow the ceremony.

Oxford will conduct its Memorial Day observance on Monday, May 27 beginning at 10 a.m. in downtown's Centennial Park. The ceremony will include speeches, the laying of memorial wreaths and the placing of dog tags on white crosses representing all those sons of Oxford who were killed in conflicts from the Civil War through the Vietnam War.

This year's guest speaker is Clarkston resident Doug Moniaci, a Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient.

Following the ceremony, the Memorial Day parade will take place along S. Washington St. (M-24) and W. Burdick St.

The parade will end at the Oxford Township cemetery located on the south side of W. Burdick St. At the cemetery, prayers will be said, a wreath will be laid, "Taps" will be played and a 21-gun military salute will be fired to honor the fallen.

CJ Carnacchio is editor for The Oxford Leader. He lives in the Village of Oxford with his wife Connie and daughter Larissa. When he's not busy working on the newspaper, he enjoys cigars/pipes, Martinis/Scotch, hunting and fishing.
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