On Monday, May 27, 2013 citizens of the Norwood area gathered for the annual Memorial Day observance at the Norwood Cemetery. The ceremony was led by Dr. Kurt Kooyer, a Grand Rapids native who, along with his grandfather, has conducted these ceremonies in northern Michigan for many years–driving al the way from his busy medical practice in South Dakota.
As quiet shrouded the gathered community, two bald eagles executed a smart left turn and flew directly overhead as if in honor of those fallen. The poignant service concluded with a 21-gun salute from the local squad of Veterans of Foreign Wars, followed by a lone bugler playing “taps.”
If you missed this year’s Memorial Day service and open house at the Norwood Area Historical Society, join us next year at 8:45 in the Norwood Cemetery for the remembrance of those who gave their lives for our freedom. The service will be followed by refreshments at the old schoolhouse south of the cemetery in the village of Norwood.