Spectators are welcome at the ceremonies, provided they wear face masks and/or practice social distancing.

West Bloomfield Scouts, BSA Pack 56 and Troop 56, will hold small, private ceremonies at two local cemeteries on Monday, May 25, to commemorate Memorial Day.

The Scouts, who normally march in Memorial Day parades, will be represented by a handful of Scout leaders during the commemorations, at Miller’s Corners Cemetery in the hamlet of Ionia at 9 a.m., followed by the Pioneer Cemetery on County Road 37 at 10 a.m.

At both ceremonies, Troop Scout Master David Bradley and Troop Pack Council Chair Tim Schiefen will raise and lower the flags to half staff as local veteran John MacKenzie, president of the West Bloomfield Fire Department, plays a recorded version of “Reveille.” The Rev. Corey Keyes of the West Bloomfield Congregational Church will say a prayer at both ceremonies, while Cub Master Blair Travis will place memorial wreaths. A recorded playing of “Taps” will follow.

In addition, MacKenzie and Keyes will also visit the West Bloomfield Rural Cemetery, behind the West Bloomfield Historical Society, to say a prayer for those interred there.

Spectators are welcome at the 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. ceremonies, provided they wear face masks and/or practice social distancing. It is suggested that spectators stand by the roadside or remain in their vehicles while observing.

Pack 56 and Troop 56 intend to conclude their observances in time prior to 11 a.m., when local churches and fire departments sound their bells and sirens as part of the Memorial Day events coordinated by local government and school officials, in conjunction with local members of the American Legion. This group has also produced a video, which is to be released at 9 a.m. Monday on the www.bloomfieldcsd.org website as well as on local town and village websites, with links posted via social media.

For more information about BSA Pack 56 and BSA Troop 56, email fordguru@frontiernet.net