Friday, May 02, 2014
It’s hard to believe we’re already five months into 2014. But boy, isn’t May beautiful? It’s the perfect mix of spring and summer – warm, but not too hot – and everything is in full bloom, especially with the rain we’ve been getting.
This month I want to talk again, as I have in years past, about Memorial Day, the unofficial kick-off of summer for most folks. But there are hallowed and somber origins of the holiday, and a lot of times this fact gets lost.
In Milton, Memorial Day has taken on a special significance thanks to the hard work of Councilman Bill Lusk, himself a former Navy Seabee and Vietnam veteran. Check out the video about him produced as part of our Citizens Government Academy. It’s a really neat look into his workshop and motivations for creating all those markers put out around the holiday.
This year our Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at Freedom Park on May 26 at 10 a.m. A fundraiser breakfast will be served by Boy Scouts starting at 9 a.m. Retired U. S. Air Force Colonel the Reverend Dr. Robert G. Certain will be the ceremony's featured speaker.
As a combat aviator during the Vietnam War he flew more than 100 missions over Southeast Asia in 1971 and 1972. Certain was shot down and captured in December 1972 and spent several months in a Hanoi, North Vietnam prisoner of war camp.
Following Vietnam, Certain earned his doctorate in divinity and became a military chaplain at the headquarters of the Strategic Air Command and Air Mobility Command and at the Air Force Academy.
When former President Gerald R. Ford died in late 2006, Father Certain was chosen to lead all the memorial services and to preside at his burial in Michigan.
The ceremony will also feature a roll call of Milton’s living and fallen veterans. If you’d like to be included, make sure to fill out one of the forms we’ve got online or running in the Milton Herald. It’s the only way we’ll know you or a loved one served your country and deserve to be recognized.
That’s it for this month. As always, I’ll close by saying your City Hall is always open to your concerns, questions and comments. Be sure to take some time this month to stop by and tell us what you think.
Mayor Joe Lockwood