GRANDVILLE, Mich.—One of the quietest parades in the nation will roll down the streets of Grandville Thursday night.
This is the 13th year for the Silent Night Memorial Service and Parade of Apparatus. Wyoming, Walker and Grandville fire departments team up for the ceremony each year. The memorial is meant to recognize and remember local firefighters, active or retired, who have passed away in the past 12 months. A bell sounds once for each firefighter lost, then tolls 5-5-5, signifying the last alarm.
The ceremony continues with the blessing of any fire equipment that is less than a year old, which then leads a parade where only emergency lights are turned on.
The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Grandville Library, located at 4055 Maple St.
The parade will travel south on Wilson Avenue to 40th Street to Canal to 36th Street, ending at Mars Hill Bible Church.