Dryden service to honor U.S. Army General Squier


Veterans salute the flags during Memorial Day services in Imlay City last year. Similar services are planned for the area of Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library.

TRI-CITY AREA — Memorial Day services will be held throughout the area on Monday, May 27.

While many services include a salute to those in the military, both past and present, this year in Dryden, a special recognition will be made.

Major General George Owen Squier will be the center of focus in Dryden, as part of the village’s Memorial Day services.

Maj. Gen. Squier has been called a soldier, visionary, inventor and one of Dryden’s most famous citizens.

His life will be celebrated Monday, with the dedication of a bronze statue of himself. The event will take place at the Dryden Memorial park at 10 a.m.

Maj. Gen. Squier has been the subject of several written books, including a historical book written by Paul W. Clark and Laurence A Lyons. That book became the impetus for the creation of the statue to be revealed Monday morning.

A second book, “Let’s Meet Major General Squier” was written by a fellow veteran, Shannon Pulver and presented to every child in the Dryden Elementary School.

Maj. Gen. Squier graduated from West Point Academy in 1887. His Second Lieutenant ranking he held out of West point was one of many rankings to come during his military career.


Capac will conduct their Memorial Day services downtown at the memorial site near the Kaatz Funeral Home, scheduled for 10 a.m. The Capac high school marching band and other entries are planned to take part in a parade. If anyone who has served, or is currently serving would like to participate in the event, they are asked to be at the parade lineup at the high school by 9 a.m.

Imlay City – Veterans and guests will gather in Imlay City, near the Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library for services set to begin at 10 a.m. Lineup is scheduled for 9:30 for those taking part.

Imlay Twp. – services at the Imlay Twp. cemetery will begin following the completion of services in Imlay City, at approximately 11 a.m. Veterans and other guests will gather at the memorial site on the west side of the cemetery to pay tribute to those who served in the military. From there, participants will head to the Mount Calvary cemetery on Blacks Corners Road for a brief memorial tribute.

Almont – Veterans, their families and other guests will gather at Burley Park, west of Van Dyke, at 11 a.m. for their Memorial Day service. Flags have been placed at gravesites of those who served in the military. According to those involved with the service, those taking part will recognize the approximate 30 Almont military heroes who paid the ultimate price, and a wreath will also be placed near a memorial site.

Dryden – there will be a special celebration this year as the village honors one of their own who left his mark in the military. Major General George Owen Squier will have a bronze statue revealed of himself as residents salute his efforts with the military. The festivities step off at 10 a.m. with a parade through town and ending at the Dryden Memorial Park.