April 14, 2024—

The Hartland Area Community Council is proud to announce the 2024 Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal is Douglas Kuhn! 

Doug is well known in Hartland and for his involvement in Memorial Day events in the community. He grew up in Hartland, and moved here with his family in 1949 when he was 7 years old. He graduated from Hartland in 1960. From there he went to Flint Community Junior College and earned an Associates Degree in Science and eventually enrolled at Lawrence Tech as a Mechanical Engineering Student.

Kuhn was drafted into the United States Army, October 1967 and served two years active duty and four years reserve status. He did Basic Training, Leadership Training, and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Ft. Knox, Kentucky.  Most of the first year was spent at Ft. Knox becoming the Training Company Mail Clerk. He then received orders for overseas deployment to a place called “Leghorn Italy” or Livorno as the rest of the world knows it. The duty station was Camp Darby, which is a huge depot area that supplies Southern Europe and Africa with military supplies. While there, he became the HQ Company Mail Clerk handling all private mail for Post personnel, Department of The Army Civilians, Navy dependents and United Nations Personnel in Pisa, Italy. In an unusual turn of events for a ‘draftee’ in a non-combat area, he attained the rank of E-5, Spec 5. His discharge from active duty occurred in October 1969. 

Kuhn says he was “overjoyed” with the assignment and “while stationed in Europe my wife and I toured Europe until the money ran out!” 

One of the proudest things about serving for him is the opportunity to help others in uniform so they can do their jobs. It also gave him a real understanding of what it means to serve your country by “taking your turn in the barrel.” He feels that is something that is hard to explain to civilians that have not had the experience. 

Over the years Doug has done all kinds of work from farming to engineering, and even serving Hartland Township in various roles over the course of 15 years. Kuhn explained, “I was raised to give back to the community in which you live.”

Those that know Kuhn well know he’s very passionate about Memorial Day. He’s often been heard telling others, “Memorial Day is NOT a day of Celebration but a day of Remembrance for those who gave their lives for their God and Country and their loved ones! They gave their lives for what this Country and Flag stand for. The Cemetery Services are the sincere reminder of this respect. Hartland’s Memorial Day Parade is a chance for the community to gather and remember the sacrifices of others for their freedoms! It is critical in building community pride and cohesion, too.”