Parades go on as scheduled despite rain

A group of veterans led the Memorial Day parade in Jenison. (May 25, 2015)

JENISON, Mich. (WOOD) — Despite a rainy Memorial Day, dozens of parades took place all across West Michigan.

The annual Memorial Day parade in Jenison began with a group of veterans leading the way. The Hooligans Flight Team did a flyover in Jenison, one of the many flyovers scheduled for the day.

24 Hour News 8 spoke with people who attended the parade who said rain wouldn’t stop them from watching the annual tradition and honoring those who lost their lives and served in the military.

“This parade gets a lot of attention, a lot of people for two miles, it’s lined up. It’s quite heavy, like three or four deep. It’s a really nice parade,” said Robert Cook who watched the parade. “We’ve got an 80-year-old who marches the full 2 miles, he was in the Korean War.”

Hundreds of people also lined the streets of Walker for the annual Memorial Day parade.

While most parades took place Monday, the city of Grand Rapids is holding its parade on Saturday, May 30, at noon. The parade steps off at Monroe and Lyon and will then head south on Monroe, southeast to Monroe Center, south briefly on Division and east on Fulton to end at Veterans Park.

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