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Ann Arbor will have a pilgrimage and nearby communities will have parades and memorial services Monday when the nation pays Memorial Day tributes to its war dead. Nationally, President Richard Nixon has asked the country to pray together to seek permanent peace. The Ann Arbor pilgrimage will begin at 8 a.m. Monday at Forest Hill Cemetery with a 10-minute setvice. The service will include placing of a wreath, prayers, a flag ceremony and a rifle salute by a squad from the local al Guard unit. The service will be repeated at Arborcrest, Washtenong, Fairview, St. Thomas and Bethlehem eemeteries. In addition to county officials, participants will include members of American Legión Post 46, VFW Post 423, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 13 and World War I Barracks Chapter 2150. Services will conclude at the county building where flowers will be placed at the memorial plaque and a speech will be given by District Judge S. J. Elden. Main St. will be decorated with can flags. The President said in his Memorial Day proclamation "it is a tradition of our nation, as it is a tradition of most nations, to pay homage to those who have fallen in defense of our land, our people and our principies. "These men and women honor America by their sacrifice. It is for America to honor them by its devotion to those purposes for which they perished." As a special mark of respect for Americans who have died in "the tragic struggle in Vietnam," the President has directed that all U.S. flags on homes and public buildings be flown at half staff all day Monday, instead of during the customary morning period. The President asked that the nation join in prayers for permanent peace at 11 a.m. Monday. Starting in 1959, Congress required the President to issue a proclamation annually for a national prayer for permanent peace on Memorial Day. The annual tribute to the nation's servicemen was inspired by a 1948 editorial written by Cari M. Saunders, then editor of the Jackson Citizen Patriot. Saunders, now retired, received a Pulitzer Prize for the editorial. Área communities' plans include Saline's parade being held on Michigan Ave. in the style of past years. A dispute with the State Highway Department over how many lanes of the street (US-12) Saline would use for the parade, if any, has j been resolved in Saline's favor. A 1 mit has been issued for unrestricted use I of the thoroughfare. MiiMJ