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Posted on Fri, May 24, 2013 : 5:11 a.m.

Events will mark Memorial Day 2013 in Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti area

By Ann Dwyer

Following is a roundup of Memorial Day-themed events in the Washtenaw County area. (To add an event, email

Friday, May 24 - Monday, May 27

Open House And Military Memorabilia Display: Items on display will include uniforms dating from WW I, medals, weapons, helmets, boots, patches and personal items one of the largest private collections in the midwest. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. For information, contact Milton J. Davis at 734-662-3972. At the VFW Graf-O’Hara Post 423, 3230 S. Wagner Road, Ann Arbor.

Sunday, May 26

Arborcrest Memorial Day Observance: The annual event will feature veterans organizations, government officials, and local Boy Scout troops in a celebration to honor all veterans, POWs, and MIAs. Rain or shine. Refreshments will be served. 2 p.m. Free. Arborcrest Memorial Park, 2521 Glazier Way, Ann Arbor. 734-761-4572.

Monday, May 27

Memorial Day Observance at the Yankee Air Museum: Annual event includes a breakfast, memorial service and blood drive. See WWII planes up close and view the exhibits for free. Breakfast 9-10:30 a.m., Memorial Day ceremony 11 a.m.-noon; blood drive 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Breakfast is $6, veterans eat free. 47884 D St., Belleville. 734-483-4030.

• Glacier Area Parade: All are welcome at the annual neighborhood Memorial Day parade sponsored by Ann Arbor's Glacier Area Homeowners Association and the Ann Arbor Breakfast Optimist Club. Parade leaves Greenbrier Park at 10 a.m., proceeds on Frederick and Middleton drives to Bardstown Trail, down to Windemere Drive and up Barrister Road to Glacier Highlands Park, where a remembrance ceremony will take place. Participation is welcome; see for details.

• Thunder Rolls in Belleville: Motorcyclists will gather to ride for the Thunder Rolls in Belleville event. All riders are welcome. Gather at the Wayne County Community College Western Campus parking lot (I-94 and Haggard Road. Head north on Haggard Road). 1 p.m. $10 donation. The ride will end up at the Brown Funeral Home and Brown Family Center between 2-2:30 p.m. where there will be a memorial service. Call 734-697-5090 for more information.

• Ypsilanti parade: The Ypsilanti parade will begin at 9 a.m. The staging area is on Catherine St. It will then proceed north to Huron St., then to Cross St., River St., where it will end at Highland Cemetery. There will be ceremonies on the bridge and in the cemetery. For more information, contact Larry at the VFW, 734-879-0608.

• Milan parade: The Milan Annual Memorial Day Parade will begin at the Blue Star Memorial on Wabash Streeet for a memorial service and laying of wreaths. The parade will then commence to Marble Park Cemetery (520 West Main St.). The ceremony will continue with a message from Tom Publuski and designated speakers. The taps, 21-gun salute and a tentative fly over will bring honor where honor is due. Guests are encouraged to return to the Legion Post (44 Wabash St.) following for free hot dogs and beverages. The public is invited to join the parade, but no candy will be thrown. Festivities begin at 9 a.m.

• Dexter parade: The Dexter Memorial Parade will begin at 10 a.m. It will start at Inverness Street, proceed down Ann Arbor Street and end on Alpine Street. The Memorial Day Ceremony in Monument Park will start at the conclusion of the parade. Waving American flags and banners are encouraged.

• Saline observance: Saline will hold a Memorial Day Mile run. Elite mile begins at 9:30 a.m. Open mile begins at 9:40 a.m. Registration ends midnight, Friday, May 24. Register at $15. Start at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Ann Arbor Street. Saline will hold its parade at 10 a.m. on Michigan Ave. in the downtown area.

• Chelsea parade: Chelsea's parade will start at 10 a.m. The route starts downtown, heads down East Middle Sreet and will end at the cemetery.



Mon, May 27, 2013 : 1:46 p.m.

BTW: the info about the Ypsi parade was totally wrong.


Sun, May 26, 2013 : 11:43 a.m.

The poem that initiated the poppies now being sold by veteran's organizations - so buy one and help vets in hospitals! The money received from the sales goes to entertainment for veterans still in hospitals throughout the USA and probably Canada and the UK. Through the wars after WWI this poem has been forgotten. In the 30s some schools required the poem to be memorized and a one minute prayer was said citing the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when Germany surrendered at Versailles. All members of the armed forces nowadays are presumed to be heroes. but Col. McCrae mad it clear in his poem that the real heroes were, and are, the ones who didn't survive. In Flanders Fields By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) Canadian Army In Flanders Fields the poppies blow Between the crosses row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields Lt. Col. John McCrae 1872-1918 Second Battle of Ypres 1915 Canadian Brigade First Brigade of the Canadian Forces Artillery


Sun, May 26, 2013 : 5:18 p.m.

Ed, thanks for posting this! this is one of my favorites.

Saline Runner

Sat, May 25, 2013 : 4:08 a.m.

Thanks for posting about the Memorial Day Mile in Saline. All proceeds from the event will go to Operation Resurrecting Lives, an organization that helps veterans with traumatic brain injuries, Saline Community Education and the Saline Police Department. It's the only time you can run right down Michigan Avenue in Saline. Small American flags will be handed out to all finishers.

Tammy Mayrend

Fri, May 24, 2013 : 3:11 p.m.

You forgot the Ypsilanti Memorial Day Parade on Monday.


Mon, May 27, 2013 : 1:46 p.m.

except the info was wrong.

Ann Dwyer

Fri, May 24, 2013 : 4:29 p.m.

Thanks, Tammy. It's been added. I couldn't find any information of it online, but I called and confirmed with them.