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Posted on Sun, May 26, 2013 : 6:44 p.m.

Photos from festivities on Memorial Day 2013 weekend

By Daniel Brenner

Friends, families, neighbors and strangers around Washtenaw County enjoyed the weather and each other's company on Memorial Day weekend.

Grills were fired up Sunday as the sun was shining and birds were chirping. The temperature was in the high 60's as many people took advantage of the cooler-but-sunny weather and extended weekend.

Also part of the three-day weekend: Reminders of the reason for the holiday to remember the sacrifices from U.S. soldiers, including an annual service at Arborcrest Memorial Park.

Photos will be added to this gallery.



Mon, May 27, 2013 : 11 p.m.

'frisbee golf'??? I'm pretty sure it's called Disc Golf. (From the captions on one of the pictures)

Kyle Mattson

Tue, May 28, 2013 : 8:21 p.m.

I was actually giving Dan a hard time about this the other week, I guess out in the mountain states where he is from Frisbee Golf is the more commonly used term.


Mon, May 27, 2013 : 11:47 p.m.

We always called it Frisbee golf. Of course, we were just a bunch of stoners at the park, couldn't afford greens fees and didn't know there was a commercial version available.


Mon, May 27, 2013 : 8:08 p.m.

Why no parades/

Kyle Mattson

Tue, May 28, 2013 : 8 p.m.

Hi Doug- Here are photo galleries from some of the Memorial-day events around town: Ann Arbor Glacier Area Homeowners Association Memorial Day Parade: Ypsilanti Memorial Day Parade: Arborcrest holds 32nd annual Memorial Day Observance:

Tom Drake

Mon, May 27, 2013 : 12:44 p.m.

memorial day was started after the civil war to remember those killed in the conflict and has always only been for the dead. veterans day was formerly armistice day celebrating the end of ww1 and saluting all veterans who participated. i would rather we give credit to all than only the fallen.

Kyle Mattson

Tue, May 28, 2013 : 8:22 p.m.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts Tom, I think many would agree.

Tom Drake

Mon, May 27, 2013 : 2:35 a.m.

if you want a different type of celebration in ann arbor, get off your butt and organize one. lots of people complain about not enough flag waving and veteran thanking , well then those should be the ones to do the job. i'm a vet, carry a flag in my wallet and support my country every day, but i don't feel the need to be thanked for my service. seeing the citizens enjoying their freedoms on a daily basis is thanks enough and i smile every time i see a flag waving in the sunshine, but i don't feel the need to get all rah-rah about it one day of the year. besides veterans day is the remembrance i care about, it's about the men and women who served, not the wars they served in.


Mon, May 27, 2013 : 11:30 p.m.

"'s about the men and women who served..." No. Memorial Day is about men and women who "died". Veterans Day is for all men and women that served (including those that died).

Jim Osborn

Mon, May 27, 2013 : 11:19 a.m.

Can you elaborate on the differences? Wasn't Veterans Day started in 1918 as Armistice Day on Nov 11 at 11 PM , marking the end of WW1?


Sun, May 26, 2013 : 11:37 p.m.

Daniel and Nate- nice collaboration on a great photo!

Kyle Mattson

Tue, May 28, 2013 : 8:57 p.m.

I'll reply with a thanks on Dan's behalf Brad, while the gallery obviously does not feature Memorial Day specific celebrations, the weekend is as we all know it, is the 'unofficial' start of summer. The gallery really shows some of the fun sides of our city to be had during the brief respite we have from those long, dark winter months.

Tim Hornton

Sun, May 26, 2013 : 11:33 p.m.

Ann arbor is a joke when it comes to saying thanks to vets. They give thanks to liberal arts teachers who write worthless research articles on social "wrongs" more then anything on memorial day. Give me a 19 year old kid who died in uniform for his country anyday over some "elite" snob with a PhD.


Mon, May 27, 2013 : 1:31 p.m.

Wow, such a deep hate imbedded in your soul. I'm sorry you're hurting so deeply. If you have time, stop by the Glacier Neighborhood Memorial Day Parade on the northeast side of Ann Arbor. After the parade ends the names of every Michigan solider who died the past year are read aloud, followed by a moment of silence. Some of those participating in this neighborhood gathering are UM Professors. Honoring and remembering those brave men and women who through the history of the U.S. provided all of us the freedom of to study and pursue our education. God Bless all of our vets and their families.

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Sun, May 26, 2013 : 11 p.m.

what? weekend isn't over yet...!