Lansing’s Memorial Day Parade Canceled Due To Lack Of Entries

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – To the disappointment of many people this year’s Memorial Day parade in downtown Lansing has been canceled.
6 News Sharon Yoo has the details.

A day to remember and commemorate those who have devoted their lives to protecting the nation, Memorial Day is usually full of celebration.
But this year, downtown Lansing’s Memorial Day will be quieter, with no annual parade.

“Alfreda Schmidt, and myself, we sat down and we said we have no choice. We felt that six entries would take away from Memorial Day. Because the focus would be on the number of entries,” said Ronald Springer, co-chair, Lansing Memorial Day Parade Committee.

Six organizations had signed up to participate this year, compared to last year’s 17, it just wasn’t enough for a parade.
“I’m disappointed that there were six as of last week, I don’t know why.”

The local Veterans of Foreign Wars Association is an organization that looks forward to the parade each year and they’re disappointed.
“Disappointed for the reason of, this is the guys and gals that gave themselves completely. They gave their life for it,” said Clayton Rapier, Commander, Veterans of Foreign Wars Unit 6132.

Springer says although this year’s parade is canceled, the procession ceremony here at the Evergreen Cemetery will be that much more special.
The focus on Memorial Day should be on Memorial Day and what it stands for. The parade, while disappointing is not a deal killer.

The annual procession ceremony will be held as planned on May 24, to make sure Memorial Day stays as a day to thank those who have served the nation.

By Sharon Yoo, 6 News Intern

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