Fort Custer holds Easter sunrise service
Updated: Sunday, March 31 2013, 02:57 PM EDT
AUGUSTA, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Dozens of people woke up before the sunrise to carry on a 32-year Easter tradition in Augusta.
The Knights Templar hosted their annual Memorial Sunrise Service to honor the Christian holiday and the United States military.
The program was open to the public.
Sir Knights from around the state began their traditional march down the hill with the flag around seven o'clock Sunday morning.
Following the march, a local pastor led an Easter Sunday worship program.
The rain Sunday morning did not stop the crowds from showing up or the service from going on as planned.
“One year we marched in six inches of snow, one year we did it in pouring rain, but we’ve always done it,” says Glenn Leeper Jr. of the Battle Creek Commandery #33. “Sort of like the Post Office, were always there!”
Past commander Woody Alverson adds, “It’s just a wonderful service to honor Christ and honor the war dead. It’s just something we enjoy doing and it’s kind of our service to the country and our service to the community.”
The 40-minute service finished off with a wreath-laying ceremony, taps and a 21-gun salute.