We had a great turn out for our 2018 Memorial Day Ceremony. Our thanks to all in attendance for joining us on this beautiful day to honor our fallen comrades. Our Memorial Day Ceremony began at Riverside Park in Alma, MI with a ceremonial wreath drop by air. Our Chaplain Don Burt lead in prayer. Our Post's Sr. Vice Commander Doug Yarnell & Auxiliary President Loretta Lombard paid tribute to our fallen comrades and our Honor Guard gave a "21 Gun Salute" followed by "Taps".
Our Memorial Day Ceremony continues at the All Wars Memorial in the Veterans Section of Riverside Cemetery. Our Post places American flags on every Veteran's grave in Chapel Gardens, New Haven Twp. and Riverside Cemeteries. During our Memorial Day Ceremony we place flowers, a wreath and an American flag at the All Wars Memorial in Riverside Cemetery. The ceremony concludes with another "21 Gun Salute" and "Taps."
After the ceremony all were invited back to our Post for coffee, pastries and fellowship. We enjoyed another great turn out. If you missed this year's ceremony, we hope you will plan to attend next year. Our Memorial Day Ceremony takes place every year on Monday, Memorial Day at 10:00 a.m. beginning at Riverside Park in Alma, MI. All are welcome to attend.
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2018 Thomas Felton 22 Mile Walk participants reach their destination.
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Our thanks to all who attended the Wreaths Across America event to lay wreaths on every grave in the Veterans Section of Riverside Cemetery in Alma, Michigan. We had a wonderful turnout to honor our fallen comrades. Volunteers adorned each grave with a wreath and read each soldier's name aloud to remember and honor the individual and their sacrifice for all of our freedoms. Once the wreaths were placed, VFW Post 1454's Honor Guard gave a "21 Gun Salute" followed by "Taps." All were invited back to the Post to warm up with soup, sandwiches & dessert provided and served by our Post Auxiliary.
VFW Post 1454 would like to thank the Morning Sun News for publishing "Wreaths Adorn 185 Veteran Graves in Alma" written by Lisa Yanick Litwiller. We thank you for attending and bringing attention to this worthwhile cause. Read the article in the Morning Sun News HERE.
Wreaths Across America 2017
We would like to thank all that turned out to make last night's Car Show a great success! Our guests enjoyed live music performed by The Bucket List while "cruising" the many hot cars and cool rides on display. Special thanks to Pat's Auto Collision for sponsoring this event, Mike Brennan, Pat Brennan and all of our wonderful volunteers who help make these events possible. Missed the event? You can still check out your dream car in the slideshow below. Photos courtesy of Post 1454 Members Jeff Humphrey & TJ Pierce.
VFW Post 1454 Car Show Sponsored by Pat's Auto
Vietnam Freedom Wall - Veterans Park, Belding, MI
(To watch videos shared to our Facebook page click the links below.)
Honor A Vietnam Veteran - Engrave A Brick Program
Bus Trip, Park Tour & VFW Post 4406 Photos
Established in Michigan, The Nozzlemen Motorcycle Club is a nonprofit charitable organization founded by firefighters for firefighters and other public safety professionals dedicated to promoting the safe sport of motorcycle riding. The Nozzlemen MC promotes brotherhood and participates in many charity rides each year. For more information visit www.nozzlemenmc.com
May is Motorcycle Awareness Month
- Motorcycles are vehicles with the same rights and privileges as any vehicle on the roadway.
- Allow the motorcyclist a full lane width. Although it may seem as though there is enough room in the traffic lane for an automobile and a motorcycle, remember the motorcycle needs the room to maneuver safely. Do not share the lane.
- Motorcycles are small and may be difficult to see. Motorcycles have a much smaller profile than vehicles, which can make it more difficult to judge the speed and distance of an approaching motorcycle.
- Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic. This allows the motorcyclist to anticipate traffic flow and find a safe lane position.
- Remember that motorcyclists are often hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot or missed in a quick look due to their smaller size. Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.
- Don’t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a motorcycle – motorcycle signals usually are not self-canceling and riders sometimes forget to turn them off. Wait to be sure the motorcycle is going to turn before you proceed.
- Remember that road conditions that are minor annoyances to motorists can pose major hazards to motorcyclists. Motorcyclists may change speed or adjust their position within a lane suddenly in reaction to road and traffic conditions such as potholes, gravel, wet or slippery surfaces, pavement seams, railroad crossings, and grooved pavement.
- Allow more following distance, three or four seconds, following a motorcycle so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. In dry conditions motorcycles can stop more quickly than cars.
Leslie C. McLean
VFW Post 1454
Dedicated to a lifetime of service to our county and our community.