Beaushaw to speak at Memorial Day service
Andria Beaushaw grew up visiting her grandparents’ place in Ludington during the summer.
After she and her husband, Michael, retired from the U.S. Army, they settled here.
On Monday, Andria will deliver the keynote speech as a part of the Mason County Allied Veterans Council’s Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. at Stearns Park in Ludington. A parade will precede the service, starting at 10:15 a.m., going from the Mason County Courthouse to Stearns Park.
Andria was involved in last year’s service at the park, laying one of the wreaths at the memorial.
This year, she’s taking on a bit of a bigger role after being approached by Michelle Hemmer, the chair of the Mason County Allied Veterans Council.
“She asked me, ‘How do you feel about public speaking?’” Andria said. “I told her I could do that. I’ve had a couple of comrades who I lost in combat. I want to be involved and help the younger generation.”
Andria’s grandparents are Jack and Kay Lund. She used to visit the lakeshore from her childhood home in Grayling to spend time with her cousins, until late in her eighth-grade year.
After high school, she was on active duty, and she earned the rank of sergeant. She spent much of her time at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and she also did a tour in Kuwait and Iraq. She also served for a time in Germany.
She met her husband, Michael, while they were stationed in Fort Carson.
The pair were in the same battalion at first, and then they were in the same brigade but different battalions.
Andria said she received her medical discharge two years before Michael did.
The couple, and their son, came to Ludington to be near her grandfather, Jack.
“He’s the last (grandparent) I have.”
Also on Monday, the Custer VFW Gold Bar Post’s traveling honor guard will make multiple stops throughout the day.
The honor guard will start at 9 a.m. at Mason County Central High School’s flag pole for a service, travel to the Pere Marquette River for a wreath placement, then to Custer Cemetery.
The honor guard will then visit the Free Soil Cemetery and the Paul Butterfield Roadside Memorial before a final service at the Custer VFW Post.