Grosse Pointe Boat Club welcomes new leadership
During an unusual outdoor “changing of the guard” ceremony, the Grosse Pointe Boat Club welcomed its newest commodore, Leslie Wagner. The theme for the Grosse Pointe Boat Club’s 2021-22 season is “around the world journey.”The program included a blessing by Past Commodore Dale Scrace, welcome by outgoing Commodore Dale Cox and other annual meeting business. Members of the Grosse Pointe Men’s Club chorus provided entertainment and Wagner was presented the new commodore flag by Cox. Liz Natter was presented a vice commodore flag and Ken Casey received the rear commodore flag. “How I would’ve loved to have thrown a beautiful ball to celebrate Commodore Dale Cox and Lady Mickey for their year of service to the Grosse Pointe Boat Club and the community,” Wagner wrote to club members after the event.grossepointenews.com
University of Michigan’s Spring Commencement will stay virtual this year
ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan has announced that its Spring Commencement will take place virtually on May 1 at noon. During a normal year, Michigan Stadium would be bustling with graduates, their friends and family. “We still do not know what public health measures will need to be in place in May to hold events like commencement. Students’ individual names will not be read during the virtual event and diplomas will be mailed to their permanent residences. Additionally, President Schlissel announced that any graduates who missed an in-person commencement due to COVID-19 are invited to participate in any commencement ceremony of their choosing in the future.
Biden inauguration: Here’s the schedule, what to watch
Kamala Harris will be sworn in as the first female vice president. Biden will take the oath with his hand on top of his 127-year-old, 5-inch-thick family Bible, which will be held by his wife, Jill Biden. President Trump is skipping Biden’s inauguration, a decision Biden said was a “good thing,” though Vice President Mike Pence and his wife plan to attend. They will be joined by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, and President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton. More Biden inauguration headlines:
Biden inauguration: Viewer guide to Jan. 20, 2021
(Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool)Joe Biden will be sworn in as 46th president of the United States during an inauguration ceremony Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 in Washington. Kamala Harris will be sworn in as the first female vice president. President Trump is skipping Biden’s inauguration, a decision Biden said was a “good thing,” though Vice President Mike Pence and his wife plan to attend. They will be joined by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, and President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton. More Biden inauguration headlines:
Coronavirus pandemic forces changes in Chicagoland Veterans Day ceremonies
The ceremony will be recorded in the Grand Army of the Republic Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center and the Victory Monument. Like Chicago, the city of Aurora will also be broadcasting a virtual remembrance event on the city’s Facebook page.chicagotribune.com
High-tech ship set for launch on 400th Mayflower anniversary
The Mayflower Autonomous Ship during a special ceremony to mark its launch in Plymouth south west England, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. Dignitaries, seafarers and scientists gathered in Plymouth, England, on Wednesday to mark the 400th anniversary of the departure of the Mayflower, the ship that carried a group of Puritan settlers to a new life across the Atlantic Ocean. (AP Photo/Susie Blann)
LIVE STREAM: Civil rights icon John Lewis remembered at US Capitol ceremony
WASHINGTON The body of Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon, is arriving in Washington, D.C. Monday morning for a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. Congressman John Lewis died at the age of 80 on July 17 after a six-month battle with stage four pancreatic cancer. You can watch the Washington, D.C. ceremony live in the video player below at 11 a.m.Lewis hearse is stopping at eight locations across Washington, D.C. before arriving at the U.S. Capitol for a ceremony and lying in state. Lewis was the youngest and last survivor of the Big Six civil rights activists who organized the 1963 March on Washington, and spoke shortly before the groups leader, Rev. READ: Remembering John Lewis, rights icon and American heroLewis started serving in Congress in 1986 and earned bipartisan respect in Washington, where some called him the conscience of Congress. His humble manner contrasted with the puffed chests on Capitol Hill.
Plymouth adjusts Memorial Day celebrations to honor veterans amid pandemic
PLYMOUTH, Mich. Memorial Day celebrations will carry on in Plymouth with some changes due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Event organizers announced Tuesday that the annual Memorial Day Parade and following ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park will not take place. Instead there will be a short, private wreath-laying ceremony at the park where veterans can watch from outside their vehicles on Monday. A procession of veterans will then drive through the city starting at 10 a.m. Residents are encouraged to watch the procession from outside their homes in support of the veterans.