2008-05-31 / Top News

Fort Soldiers Remember Those Who Died for America

Soldiers at Fort Mackinac performed the traditional Memorial Day march to Post Cemetery on Mackinac Island Monday, May 26, in honor of Americans who died in service to their country.

Five interpreters from Fort Mackinac began their march at the north sally port of the Fort and marched to the cadence of a drum to Garrison Road toward the cemetery.

Mackinac State Historic Parks Director Phil Porter spoke in remembrance of Captain Edwin Sellers, who commanded Fort Mackinac from 1879 until his death in 1884, and Bob Slater, a veteran of World War II, father of Joan Slater, who donated a wreath to the event. Mr. Slater served in the U.S. Navy Medical Corp in the south Pacific.

The wreath was placed on one of the many graves of unknown soldiers at the Post Cemetery.

After his speech, the soldiers fired their rifles in a salute to the late captain, who died of pneumonia, and then returned to the Fort.

Two interpreters, Ryan Stephens and Geoff Woodcox, also participated in the Memorial Day services at the city park with Mackinac Island American Legion Post 299 later that morning.

Memorial Day, which used to be called Decoration Day, was first observed at Fort Mackinac in 1883.

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