City to observe 25th annual Memorial Day celebration



Volunteers were busy at work May 15 cleaning up the area around the Burton Veterans Memorial to have it ready for the city’s Memorial Day festivities. Photos provided

Volunteers were busy at work May 15 cleaning up the area around the Burton Veterans Memorial to have it ready for the city’s Memorial Day festivities. Photos provided

BURTON — On May 31, the city of Burton will hold its 25th annual Memorial Day celebration, complete with a 5K race, a parade, car show and a solemn remembrance at the city’s Veterans Memorial.

City officials are looking forward to the celebration, especially after everything had to be cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Burton officials said they have been working hard to provide an exciting and fun filled day for adults and children.

Mayor Duane Haskins praised volunteers who spent the weekend of May 15 cleaning up the Veterans Memorial, located next to the Burton Police Department, getting it ready for the upcoming event.

“We’re hoping for a beautiful pleasant day,” said Haskins, who went on to thanks Councilwoman Tina Conley and other parks and recreation committee members like Jeremy Scharrer, Greg and Stephanie Fenner and Kevin Burge who spent May 15 cleaning up the memorial.

Parks and Recreation Director Amy Clous also praised efforts to bring this year’s Memorial Day celebration to life at a recent parks and recreation board meeting.

“Memorial Day is well on it’s way,” she said. “We have lots of activities, we have lots of sponsors. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

First up on Memorial Day is the Memorial Day 5K Run, which will be done both live and in a virtual setting. COVID protocols will be followed to keep the community safe. Masks required before event, at start line, and immediately following the finish.

Councilman Vaughn Smith said this year’s run is expected to be much smaller with about 200-300 participants, decreased from the usual 600-700 due to COVID-19 precautions.

The race will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Atherton High School, 3354 S. Genesee Rd.

Participants will cross the start timing mat in small groups directed by a race staff member. Walkers will begin once all the runners have begun. There will be no crowded mass start.

Keep a 6-foot distance from other participants not in your COVID social circle. Timing does not start until you cross the timing mats. Accurate chip time and current overall and age group place will be live at www.newtontiming.com. Awards will be immediately following the event.

Register: www.athlinks.com/event/burton-memorial-day- 5k-2021-15685

The Burton Memorial Day Parade will begin at 1 p.m. with lineup on Center Road, between Atherton and Bristol roads. The parade will start at 2 p.m.and will proceed south on Center Road to the Burton City Complex with the parade ending at the courthouse on Manor Drive.

There will be a car show and a Children’s Fun Zone from 3-6 p.m. on Manor Drive. The Memorial Day Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park will be held at 4 p.m.

At 5 p.m. musical entertainment will begin with Johnny Vance and Melissa Hagar (band and comedian duo), the Screamin’ Rebels at 8 p.m. (with a vintage warbird flyover) and a ceremony and candlelight vigil at 8:30 p.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Park.

At dusk there will be fireworks.

Details: Call 810-743-1500 Ext. 1351.