Albion Michigan Honors those who lost their lives in wars; the parade started on Superior Street and Erie Street at 9:00 a.m and ended at River Side Cemetery.
Speeches were conducted at River Side Cemetery by Albion Michigan Community Leadership. Albion’s First, United Methodist Church; Rev. Leslee Fritz gave the invocation and benediction then spoke about Lieutenant Commander Edward Henry O’Hare (March 13, 1914 – November 26, 1943).
Edward Henry O’Hare was an American naval aviator of the United States Navy, who on February 20, 1942, became the Navy’s first flying ace when he single-handedly attacked a formation of nine heavy bombers approaching his aircraft carrier. Even though he had a limited amount of ammunition, he shot down five enemy bombers. He became the first naval recipient of the Medal of Honor in World War II. “Butch” O’Hare, a Medal of Honor recipient from Chicago, died in World War II. The O’Hare International Airport officially opened to commercial air traffic in 1955 and served 176,902 passengers in its first year.
Albion First United Methodist Church is Located at : 600 E Michigan Avenue
Albion MI 49224
(1) Flychicago.com. (n.d.). O’Hare History | O’Hare (ORD) and Midway (MDW) International Airports | Offical Website. Flychicago. Retrieved May 31, 2021
(2) Photo By US Navy employee – Office of War Information National Archives, via Naval Historical Center website, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php.?curid=625582
(3) Fritz, L. Q. (2019, October 14). Entering ordained ministry following a career of public service [Photograph]. https://michiganumc.org/gods-gift-of-a-second-career./