EAST TAWAS – Friends of Tawas Point Lighthouse and State Park will be providing a special Grave Marker Dedication Ceremony to pay respect to Lighthouse Keepers Herbert N. Burrows and Sherman Wheeler.   

The event starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11  and the public is invited to attend.

Keeper Herbert Burrows was stationed at Tawas Point Lighthouse from 1910 through 1923, and is interred at Greenwood Cemetery, located on East Lincoln Street in East Tawas. 

This will be the first location of  two ceremonies.    

Keeper Sherman Wheeler was stationed at the Ottawa Point Lighthouse from 1853-1857, which was the original lighthouse on Tawas Point. It was demolished after the current lighthouse was completed in 1876.

This ceremony will take place directly after Keeper Burrows’ Ceremony. Mr. Wheeler is interred in Alabaster Township Cemetery on Benson Road off Alabaster Road. 

Both services will include welcome, biographies of Keepers honored, United States Coast Guard Honor Guard, posting of colors, family remarks, unveiling of the U.S. Lighthouse Service Plaque, American flag placement by family of honored light keepers, Lighthouse Keepers’ Prayer, and music, including bagpiper.

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