Commemoration
Ceremony Events

Beecher 50th Anniversary Events

June 8, 2003

NOON Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Beecher Memorial (Corner of Saginaw Street and Coldwater Road)

Greeting - John West, Director of Program Services Genesee-Lapeer Chapter of American Red Cross
Fire Department Honor Guard
Opening Prayer
Richard Hammel, Chair of County Board of Commissioners
Hymn accompanied with Bagpipe
Wreath Laying
Closing Prayer

1 P.M. Commemoration Ceremony at Coates Auditorium (Beecher High School) - Commemoration Program

Welcome - M.C. John McMurray
National Anthem - Tina Fielder-Gibson
Invocation - Major Bukiewicz, Salvation Army
Weather Prediction and Safety - Joe Schaefer, Director Storm Prediction Center
Federal Emergency Management Agency - Ed Buikema, Director Region 5
Volunteers During Beecher - Rachel Zagaroli, Director of Community Outreach and Education, Genesee-Lapeer Chapter of American Red Cross
Survivors
Reading of Names - Beecher 50th Anniversary Commemoration Committee
Moment of Silence
Benediction - Father Groshek, St. Pius X Church (for Father Berkmier)
Closing Remarks - John McMurray

2 P.M. Survivor Reunion in Beecher High School Field House

The Survivor Reunion included an exhibit of Scrapbooks, Photographs, Displays, Historic Newspapers, Informational Booths and a Sculpture by Dianne Kudza

 


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