Today is Memorial Day, a day where we take some time to remember those who laid their lives down for our freedom. In my opinion, we should remember this every day and not take it for granted as often as we do (I’m guilty of doing so too). Nonetheless, this is a day we typically get together with family, visit memorials/cemeteries or attend/participate in parades.
A lot of us will have this day off (one would hope), so what is going on around Metro Detroit? Let’s look at some Memorial Day options. Events, cookouts, parties, etc.
Go to a Parade
We love parades in Metro Detroit, here are a few taking place today.
Royal Oak Memorial Day Parade begins at 9 a.m. Its route starts at South Main Street and Harrison Avenue and heads north to Second Street where the traditional post-parade memorial service takes place.
Eastpointe Memorial Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. at City Hall and heads North on Gratiot Ave. towards Stephens Road and finishes at Kennedy Park. There will be a brief ceremony at the gazebo.
Novi Memorial Day Parade goes from 10 a.m. until noon and starts at the Novi Civic Center. Come see the veterans, bands, scout troops and other Novi citizens in the parade.
Check out your community calendar to see if your city has a parade today.
Attend a ceremony/remembrance
The parades do a fine job of honoring our veterans, but if you want something slightly more focused, consider attending the following event:
Civil War Remembrance at Green Field Village will have several reenactors, historians, musicians and more remembering the Civil War throughout the day.
Host a cookout/barbecue
This is a common event for Memorial Day; at least it is in my family. Invite your friends and loved ones over and get together some food and drinks. Maybe listen to a story from a veteran to really understand the meaning of the day. Run to your local Hiller’s or Busch’s and get that grill started.
Head to the beach
It is going to be gorgeous today! So, pack the family up, call some friends and bring a cooler full of food to the beach nearest you. It’s a good way to soak up some sun, relax and have time to reminisce on our fallen heroes.
Fun Fact: Memorial Day began as “Decoration Day” in the years following the Civil War. It became an official federal holiday in 1971.
Whether you plan on participating in a parade, attending a ceremony, visiting a memorial, or just sitting at home—remember what this day is really about.
Happy Memorial Day!