Memorial Day Service
Honoring "Detroit's Own - Polar Bears"
(American North Russia Expeditionary Force, U.S. Army, World War I )

White Chapel Memorial Cemetery
Troy, Michigan

28 May 2007

The Ceremony was opened with the Exchange and Posting of Colors by a Color Guard consisting of members of the 1-339th Infantry Regiment and Polar Bear Memorial Association wearing Polar Bear uniforms. The Commander of the 1-339th, LTC Brendt Vitale, is at the left foreground and to his right is Command Sgt. Major Roscoe Mayfield.


The 1-339th Rifle Squad fired three rifle volleys, which was followed by "Taps".


The Color Guard retires the Colors.


The Polar Bear Monument following the ceremony.


The 1-339th Rifle Squad allowed some of the younger attendees to hold one of the rifles they had used earlier during the ceremony.


View photos from previous Memorial Day Services at White Chapel Cemetery:

29 May 2006
30 May 2005
31 May 2004
26 May 2003
27 May 2002
28 May 2001
29 May 2000

View photos from the "Polar Bears" Plaque Dedication Ceremony at the Detroit Zoo (10 Nov 2001)

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