2014-05-24 / Top News

Memorial Day Observances on Mackinac Island

Post Cemetery March Honors Soldiers

Interpreters from Mackinac State Historic Parks will march to the Post Cemetery at 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 26, to commemorate Memorial Day.

Dressed to fit the era, soldiers and civilian interpreters will solemnly march in a procession from Fort Mackinac’s North Sally Port to Post Cemetery to the cadence of a drum. A small ceremony will take place honoring fallen soldiers from Fort Mackinac.

Spectators can walk along with the march, or meet the participants at Post Cemetery for the ceremony.

The procession will meet at the back of Fort Mackinac.

The tradition began 10 to 15 years ago to honor those who served at Fort Mackinac.

“It’s a very meaningful day,” she said, “to honor those who fought. It was done historically. The soldiers do a salute with their rifles, and we play ‘Taps’ on a bugle. Post Cemetery is a very quiet and serene place. It’s very meaningful for what Memorial Day is.”

Post Cemetery is about half a mile north of Fort Mackinac.

Approximately 110 people are buried at the Post Cemetery, including 69 people who are unidentified. Many are soldiers from the 1880s. The cemetery is a National Historic Landmark.

Each year, a Memorial Day wreath is laid on a grave in memory of a soldier, family member, or civilian who is buried there. A site has not been chosen yet for this year’s wreath.

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