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Posted on Fri, May 25, 2012 : 5:59 a.m.

Memorial Day events include a military exhibit, concert, parades and other observances

By Ann Dwyer


Children wait for candy to be tossed at last year's Memorial Day Parade in Saline. There will be parade on Monday in a number of area communities, including Saline, Dexter, Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor and Manchester.

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There are plenty of events on tap in the Ann Arbor area this weekend to help you mark Memorial Day, including community parades, observances, a weekend-long military exhibit and an outdoor concert.


The VFW Graf-O’Hara Post 423 will hold its "Open House And Military Memorabilia Display," Friday through Monday. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Items on display will include uniforms dating from World War I, medals, weapons, helmets, boots, patches and personal items. It's one of the largest private collections in the Midwest. Free. The VFW is located at 3230 S. Wagner Road, Ann Arbor. 734-662-3972.


A Boy Scout holds a folded American flag at the 2011 Memorial Day Observance will be held at Arborcrest Memorial Park in Ann Arbor. The annual event will be held Sunday.

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There will be a "Memorial Day Observance and Open House" at the Yankee Air Museum Collections & Exhibits Building at Willow Run Airport on Monday. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will include a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon ($6/ adults. $4/ kids.) There will be special performances, aircraft exhibits, flight simulators, speakers, a hot dog lunch, a blood drive and activities for the kids. The museum is at 47884 D Street, Belleville, at the Willow Run Airport.

On Monday, "Thunder Rolls in Belleville." The ceremony is preceded by a police escorted motorcycle ride. The bikers will make their way to the Belleville Veteran’s Memorial in Horizon Park, located off Belleville Lake on High Street, east of Main Street, across from Grace Baptist Church. The estimated arrival time is between 2 and 2:30 p.m. Local veterans who have died in the past year will be recognized by name in a bell-ringing ceremony once all have arrived. Participants in the ride can register for the ride starting at 11 a.m. at 9555 Haggerty Road, Belleville.


The Glacier Area Home Owners’ Association and the Ann Arbor Breakfast Optimist Club will hold the neighborhood's annual parade on Monday, beginning at 10 a.m. This parade features members of the Huron High School drumline, Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops. Kids are invited to decorate their bikes and join in at the end of the parade. Parade to be followed by a brief memorial service in Glacier Highlands. Visitors may park along Greenbrier Road and other streets not on the parade route. Visit for the parade route and other details.

The Ypsilanti Memorial Day Procession steps off at 9 a.m. at North Huron Street and Michigan Avenue in downtown Ypsilanti and ends at the Highland Cemetery where there will be a ceremony, according to published reports.

The Saline Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday. 10 a.m. The American Legion will host the annual Memorial Day Parade from Harris Street to Oakwood Cemetery. Free.

Dexter's Annual Memorial Day Parade & Ceremonies will be held on Monday. Services will be held at 9 a.m., the parade at 10 a.m. Service will be held in Monument Park (at Main Street and Baker Road). The parade will continue down Main Street. This year’s parade theme is “A Time to Honor.” Free.

Chelsea will hold its Memorial Day Parade downtown beginning at 10 a.m.

Milan’s annual Memorial Day Parade begins at 9 a.m. on Monday at the new Milan Veteran's Wall. Gracing the Wilson Park near the memorial will be over 700 American Flags, ( one flag per name engraved on the wall) as a symbol of the service made for this great nation. The ceremony will continue across Wabash Street, honoring those lost at sea, with a placing of the wreath on Ford Lake, and a wreath at the Blue Star Memorial. Following the ceremony the parade will step off and move west down Main St. to the Marble Park Cemetery. The public is invited back to the American Legion Post following the ceremony for light refreshments.

The annual Memorial Day parade in Manchester begins at 11 a.m. Monday at the Main Street Bridge. The parade is sponsored by the American Legion.

Edtior's note: The information on the Manchester parade has been corrected.



Sat, May 26, 2012 : 9:13 a.m.

why is everyone so quick to jump on the faults of the article? Typos happen guys.


Fri, May 25, 2012 : 6:28 p.m.

The first sentence should read "THERE ARE" not "There is...." Subject-verb agreement should have been learned in third grade. Please do not destroy Ann Arbor's reputation as the brightest city in the nation!


Fri, May 25, 2012 : 5:47 p.m.

Under the OBSERVANCES heading, it should read "In Flanders Fields" by Lt. Col. John McCrae not "Flanders Field".

Elijah Shalis

Fri, May 25, 2012 : 3:05 p.m.

Greenfield Village is having Civil War days during the weekend and monday.


Fri, May 25, 2012 : 2:44 p.m.

So many Memorial Day preparations... And do Americans know why Memorial Day is celebrated? I stumbled upon this video that proves most of them don't:


Fri, May 25, 2012 : 1:54 p.m.

I didn't see anything about Ann Arbor's Memorial Day Parade? Surely one of the top ten places to live in the country remembers those who fought to free the slaves?

Silly Sally

Mon, May 28, 2012 : 1:11 p.m.

Remember, this is "The People's Republic of Ann Arbor", and the US Military is most unwelcome.


Sat, May 26, 2012 : 4:12 a.m.

Militarism is unwelcome in the Land of Peace and Tranquility.


Fri, May 25, 2012 : 11:27 a.m.

This is not the correct information for the Manchester Memorial Day parade, I have lived in the village for over 10 years and have never heard of any of these locations. Just a guess, but I think this information is for Manchester, New Jersey.


Sat, May 26, 2012 : 12:54 p.m.

Oh, my. Sounds like a Bank of Ann Arbor ad: "Non-local bloggers think Manchester is in NEW JERSEY!" That's just pathetic.


Fri, May 25, 2012 : 5:24 p.m.

Oops??? A mistake of that magnitude should never have hit the live site. Manchester NJ vs. Manchester, MI? I thought this was supposed to be a local news source...

Steve Pepple

Fri, May 25, 2012 : 12:13 p.m.

Oops, we got it wrong and have now corrected it. Thanks for pointing it out.


Fri, May 25, 2012 : 11:01 a.m.

In the first paragraph list of parades, Milan is not listed. In the final paragraph, there we are! Any wonder why I stopped buying the newspaper??? Last year a $30,000 125 name project turned into $120,000 and 720 Veteran names on 3 pieces of granite. Our group is less than a dozen regulars, and we made it happen to recognize Veterans. I would think a nespaper 10 miles away and in the same county would be more aware, more respectful of our Milan area vets!