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Dearborn Heights vets hold annual Memorial Day mass at St. Hedwig tomorrow

Memorial Day observances will again have Dearborn Heights veterans gathering tomorrow morning to conduct their annual military honors program along with a holy mass conducted by St. Hedwig Cemetery, 23755 Military Road in Dearborn Heights.

Father Anthony Fox, a David Conventual Franciscan, will be doing the 10 a.m. Monday mass in a large tent pitched across the road from the cemetery's office. Full-Bird Col. Rod Faulk of the U.S. Army Reserves will be the main speaker before the wreath-laying ceremony in the Memorial Day program.

Music Director Dan Urviel has organized the music for the Memorial Day mass, St. Hedwig counselor Richard Wolski said, and will be accompanist for the ceremony by playing the keyboard organ. The service usually goes to around 11 a.m., Wolski said.

Dave Endike, the newly-elected commander who will be taking over the Pvt. John Lyskawa VFW Post No. 7546 in June, will emcee the May 26 ceremony. Lyskawa Commander Bob Lucy said that besides his own post, others expected to participate in laying the memorial wreaths are the Polish Legion of American Veterans Post No. 16, the American Legion Carl E. Stitt No. 232, and the Dearborn Heights city officials.

One wreath will be laid by himself and another Lyskawa VFW member, David Lee; Lucy said; and another wreath will be laid on behalf of the post's ladies' auxiliary, his wife Leah Lucy and Shirley Lee, president and vice president of the auxiliary respectively. Lyskawa Men's Auxiliary Secretary Mark Davis and Vinnie Spurgis will be laying the wreath for that auxiliary. The representatives for other participants in the wreath-laying ceremony were not known at press time.

Following the Memorial Day ceremony, the public is invited to Lyskawa's post at 6828 Waverly, where free hot dogs will be given out.

“It's kind of a tradition,” Lucy said. “We try to have 800 hot dogs in the place, because we like to have too many rather than run out.

“People can see just who we are, so any sordid picture they have can go away. We don't necessarily spent all our time at the post drinking, believe it or not, our biggest sales is for pop,” Lucy said.

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