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The Frankenmuth community will observe Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, with a parade and ceremony.
The Frankenmuth American Legion Post #150, in conjunction with the Frankenmuth VFW Post #2725, is organizing the events.
The parade will begin at 10am at the corner of South Main and West Jefferson streets and will march north on Main Street, pausing at the Veteran’s Monument and Memorial Wall, at Tuscola Street. The parade will be led by a Frankenmuth Police Department vehicle.
The parade line up is as follows: The Color Guard will lead the parade, followed by Legion and VFW members, guest speaker Major General Adolph McQueen Jr. (retired), a trailer of Legion members, the Blue Star Families, the Frankenmuth High School Marching Band, Boy and Girl Scout troops, a Frankenmuth Fire Department truck and a MMR Ambulance Unit.
A brief ceremony will take place at the monument, including playing of the National Anthem and placing a wreath at the wall by the Legion’s sergeant-at-arms in memory of the departed.
The parade will continue north on Main Street, then turn east on School Street and proceed into the Frankenmuth High School gymnasium for the ceremony.
During the ceremony, a list of the deceased Legion members over the past year will be read. They include Gerald Gaeth, Bartley Jenniches, Gary Bark, Richard Mansfield, Kenneth Davis, Carl Bierlein, Jack Stroebel, Carol Marti, Karl Litzner, Frank Piesko, Larry Veitengruber, Loyal Colosky Jr., Ernest Daenzer, Harold Periard, Curwood Chall, Edward Goyings, Alexander Korkus, James Jeffery, Henry Reinert, Gerald Nuechterlein, Harold Ehrlinger, Oscar Ranke, Richard Watkins, Emil Weiss, Thomas Zarko and John Tagget.
Major General (retired) Adolph McQueen Jr. retired from military service in October 2013 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. His culminating duty was serving as the Deputy Commanding General for Support of the United States Army North (Fifth Army) from June 2012 until September 2013.
Major General McQueen previously served as the Deputy Commanding General for Detention Operations and as the Provost Marshal General for the United States Forces – Iraq. In this role, he oversaw thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and civilians with the overall responsibility for all detainee operations to include the care of detainees, lawful interrogations, judicial review/release boards, the prosecution of detainees in the Central Criminal Court of Iraq, detainee release/transportation and coordination with the Government of Iraq, the U.S. Embassy, United Nations Mission – Iraq, the United Nations High Council on Refugees, the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the Department of Justice and various other agencies.
Many of his assignments took place in Michigan, including being Commander for the 5089th United States Army Reception Battalion in Saginaw.
McQueen’s awards and decorations include the Army Distinguished Service Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster), Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with four Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Services Commendation Medal Army Commendation Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster) and Army Staff Identification Badge.
He also retired from the civilian law enforcement sector after more than 30 years of service, to include most recently serving as the Special Agent Supervisor with the Michigan Department of the Attorney General.
Major General McQueen is married to Dr. Roslyn E. McQueen and they have one daughter, Myeisha T. McQueen.
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