Southeast Michigan 2009 Memorial Day Celebrations

Hometown History Tours will post a list of Memorial Day Celebrations. You can help. Let me know about an event near you!

May 16

Veteran’s Memorial Day Ceremony / Taylor American Warriors Museum Grand Opening

City of Taylor’s annual Veterans Memorial Day ceremony and grand opening of the Taylor American Warriors Museum inside City Hall.

May 16 is National Armed Forces Day, which falls two Saturday’s before Memorial Day. The city’s “day to remember” will feature speeches by dignitaries, patriotic music and the presentation of colors and memorial wreaths. There will be participation by members and veterans of all branches of the military, war re-enactors, military vehicles and much more.

The annual tribute to veterans – both living and deceased – is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Veterans Memorial Garden in Cameron G. Priebe Plaza just east of City Hall, 23555 Goddard Road. Click here for more information. 


May 17 – 24

Healing Fields Flag Display

Memorial Park, Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park remembers our fallen heroes on Sunday, May 17 with a Memorial DayHealing Fields tribute. At 10 AM hundreds of 3×5 foot flags will be raised 8 feet tall – in perfect rows –  as a patriotic remembrance to honor the men and women who have made the supreme sacrifice for our nation’s security and freedom.   

This living display of heroism will be available for viewing from May 17 to May 24. . Memorial Park is located in Lincoln Park on Fort Street between Merrill and London.

Proudly hosted by the Lincoln Park Exchange Club,  everyone is invited to walk through this awe inspiring flag display to honor and remember our local heroes. Bring a camera and your family. 

May 23 – 25

Civil War Remembrance at The Henry Ford

During Memorial Day weekend become a part of living history as you travel through a microcosm of the American Civil War. Union and Confederate soldier re-enactors, civilians, musicians and historic presenters—all in period costume—are eager to immerse you in the life of this turbulent American era. Civil War Remembrance is free to members and free with Greenfield Village admission.


For a full listing of all activities taking place on these days, click here.

May 23

Memorial Day Parade Celebrates Trenton’s 175th Anniversary

West Road, Trenton

May 25

Dearborn 85th Annual Memorial Day Parade and Concert

10 AM. The Parade route is Michigan Avenue from Firestone to Schaefer in east Dearborn. It is recommended that parade spectators plan to arrive early to get the best possible viewing spots. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating.

Following the Parade, the City’s official remembrance service takes place at the Dearborn War Memorial, located on the grounds of Dearborn City Hall (13615 Michigan Avenue, corner of Schaefer).

Performing will be the Rackham Ensemble Singers, whose members belong to the Rackham Symphony Choir. The group will be performing on an outdoor stage in City Hall Park, singing a variety of songs made famous during the “boogie woogie” era.

The concert will begin soon after the remembrance service ends. The remembrance service will begin after the end of the Parade.

Also being planned for City Hall Park are food and beverages for sale (including cold beer, sales of which benefit veterans’ causes), the chance to buy raffle tickets to win a new motorcycle and possible displays of military vehicles and exhibits from the U.S. Navy.

The theme of this 85th annual event is “Patriotism Past & Present,” to commemorate Dearborn’s long tradition of Memorial Day observances.

Serving as Parade grand marshal will be Michael E. Thornton, a retired United States Navy SEAL, a veteran of the Vietnam War and a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Also participating in the Parade are members of Dearborn’s many veterans’ organizations, bands from several local schools, youth groups, community service organizations, special floats from The Parade Company and more.

Flyovers by military aircraft will also be part of the Parade, including a flyover by F-18 fighter aircraft to kick off the event at 10 a.m. and later flyovers by historic military aircraft.

Further details about Dearborn’s Memorial Day Parade can be found at and on CDTV (City of Dearborn Television; Channels 12 and 915 on Comcast, Channel 10 on WOW!).

May 25

Tecumseh’s Memorial Day Parade

Downtown Tecumseh

Memorial Day is a time the entire community sets aside to honor Veterans of the past and present. Tecumseh area men and women have served in the armed forces dating back as far back as the Civil War. You’ll want to don your red, white and blue, bring your lawn chairs or grab a seat on the curb of Chicago Blvd. for this patriotic, crowd pleasing event.  City council member Gary Naugle takes pride in overseeing one of the largest Memorial Day parades in Lenawee County. Follow the parade to historic Brookside Cemetery where a moving tribute caps off this salute to veterans. 

Call 517-423-2107.

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