Radio One honors the men and women of the armed forces with a special Memorial Day tribute. Here you will find a number Memorial Day events in and around the Metro-Detroit area to celebrate.
Friday, May 28th
• Southfield Ceremony: Southfield will be celebrating Memorial Day Friday at 9 a.m. with a program that will take place on the steps of Southfield City Hall.
Speakers will include Mayor Brenda Lawrence, Colonel Henry Cason Jr. from the Michigan Army National Guard and Daniel Brightwell from the Southfield Veterans Commission.
There will be a presentation of colors, a 21-Gun Salute, the playing of “Taps,” and the Southfield McIntyre Elementary School Choir will be performing. Light refreshments will be available in City Hall following the ceremony.
The city of Southfield and the Southfield Veterans’ Organization are sponsoring the program.
For more information, contact Southfield Community Relations at 248- 796-5130.
Saturday, May 29th
• Livonia: Ceremony set to begin at 9 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Plaza at 5 Mile and Farmington Roads.
• Plymouth: Parade to begin at 8:30 a.m. at Main and Wing streets and will end at Plymouth Veterans Memorial Park on Main and Church roads.
• Ann Arbor: Parade to begin at 11 a.m. at Yost Street at Eli Drive. Glacier Area Homeowners Association Parade to begin at 10 a.m. along Frederick, Middleton, Bardstown, Windemere and Barrister streets ending at Glacier Highlands.
Sunday, May 30th
• St. Clair Shores: Wreath Lying Services at Veterans Memorial Park. The event begins at 9 a.m. Sailing Thru The Shores 5k-Run/Walk at noon at 11 Mile Road and Jefferson Avenue. Parade starts at 1 p.m. along Jefferson Avenue and from 9 Mile to 11 Mile roads.
• Holly Township: Memorial services begin at 1 p.m. at Great Lakes National Cemetery on Belford Road. Lt. General John Cherry expected to speak.
• Westland: Parade begins at 1 p.m. at Wayne Ford Civic League, located at 1645 N. Wayne Road.
Monday, May 31st (Memorial Day)
• Thunder Rolls in Belleville: The Brown Funeral Home and Brown Family Center will sponsor this Memorial Day ride and ceremony to honor the memory of veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives to protect our nation.
The ceremony is preceded by a police escorted motorcycle ride. Participants in the ride can register and line up for the ride starting at 11 am in Wayne County Community College Western Campus’ front parking lot located just north of the Haggerty Road/Interstate 94 intersection, on Haggerty Road in Belleville. More than 200 bikers are expected. 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 pm. There will be a memorial service once all are assembled. Local veterans who have died in the past year will be recognized by name in a bell-ringing ceremony. There is a $10 fee for riders and all riders are welcome. The money will benefit veterans and their families.
31-May-2010 (Monday) From: 11:00 AM, To: 03:30 PM
• Detroit: Parade at Fort Wayne Park located on 6325 W. Jefferson Avenue.
• Eastpointe: Parade to start at 11 a.m. at City Hall and ends at Kennedy Park on Stephens Road. A small memorial ceremony is scheduled to begin at the end of the parade. City Hall is located at 23200 Gratiot Road.
• Sterling Heights: Memorial Ceremony begins at 9 a.m. at City Hall located at 40555 Utica Road, followed by a parade at 10 a.m. along Dodge Park Road.
• Ferndale: Parade begins at 10 a.m. at Livernois and Brekenridge down to Memorial Mall at Livernois.
• Keego Harbor: Bike decorating and contest starts at 9 a.m. at the corner of Cass Lake Road and Orchard Lake Road with a memorial service following at 9:30 a.m. Parade starts at 10:15 a.m. traveling east on Orchard Lake Road to Sylvan Lake Road ending with another memorial service starting at 11:30 a.m. at Pontiac Drive and Garland Street.
• Madison Heights: Parade begins at 10 a.m. traveling north on John R. Road from 12 Mile Road ending at City Hall. A memorial service with a free hot dog lunch will be held at VFW Post located at 734 11 Mile Road after the parade.
• Novi: Parade to start at 10 a.m. at 10 Mile Road and Karin Boulevard and ends at the Novi Civic Center, concluding with a memorial service and activities.
• Royal Oak: Pancake breakfast to be served at 7 a.m. at the Royal Oak Farmers Market at 316 E. 11 Mile Road. Parade begins at 9 a.m. on Main Street and travels from 3rd Street north to Oakview Cemetery on Rochester Road at Catapla Street. A memorial service follows.
• Troy: Memorial ceremony to be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Plaza in front of City Hall located at 500 Big Beaver Road. Public screening of the documentary “Voices of a Never Ending Dawn” will be held at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at White Chapel Memorial Park located at 621 W. Long Lake Road.
• Rochester Hills: Parade starts at 10 a.m. in Mt. Avon Cemetery.
• Waterford: Parade starts at 10 a.m. on Dixie Highway, traveling from Sashabaw Road to Williams Lake Road. Memorial service follows at Drayton Plains Cemetery.
• Dearborn: Parade begins at 10 a.m. on Michigan Avenue from Firestone Road to Schafer Road. The parade is followed by a free outdoor concert in City Hall Park located at 13615 Michigan Avenue.
• Inkster: Parade begins at 12 p.m. at Cherry Hill and Inkster roads and end at South River Park Drive and Inkster Road.
• Plymouth: Parade begins at 7:30 a.m. starting at Harvey and Wing streets.
• Birmingham: Memorial Day ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at the Memorial Plaza at 151 Martin Street.
• Farmington Hills: Parade begins at 10 a.m. at the Farmington Plaza on Grand River Street and Mooney Street.
• Hazel Park: Parade begins at 10 a.m. on 8 Mile Road and John R. Road.
• Lake Orion: Parade starts at 11 a.m. at Blanch Simms School located on Florence Road and Flint Road. A military fly over will be held at 11:30 a.m.
• Beverly Hills: Parade starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Grove High School parking lot located on 13 Mile Road.
• Walled Lake: Parade begins at 11 a.m. on Pontiac Trail and Walled Lake Drive.
• Ypsilanti: Memorial Day procession begins at 9 a.m. at Huron Street and Michigan Avenue.
• Brighton: Parade begins at 10 a.m. at W. Main Street from Brighton High School to the Mill Pond.
• Howell: Parade begins at 10 a.m. at the Howell Carnegie District Library courthouse.
• Monroe: Parade starts at 2 p.m. on Jones Avenue and N. Monroe Street.
• Pleasant Ridge: Parade begins at 8:45 on Oakland Park and Ridge roads.
• Chelsea: American Legion is hosting a parade a 10 a.m. starting behind the police station on Middle Street.
• Fenton: Parade starts at 10 a.m. on Leroy Street and River Street.
All-Weekend Events (Friday – Sunday)
The Henry Ford Museum: Civil War Remembrance Weekend
Greenfield Village’s most treasured signature event. Memorial Day weekend is filled with high emotions and vivid experiences as we honor veterans who fought and died to preserve our nation’s freedom. More than 450 military reenactors create an authentic Civil War encampment for an observance filled with parades, artillery demonstrations and heartfelt 19th-century music.
The Movement: Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival
Techno and electronic dance music fans are invited to participate in the Movement 2009 festival that runs Friday through Monday. In honor of Movement 2009 and Memorial Day, the Movement will be held in downtown Detroit as well as in Windsor to promote the new partnership between the two festivals.
Musicians including Afrika Bambaata, Bassnectar, Carl Cox, Derrick May, Francois K and Z-Trip are some who will be performing during the weekend at Hart Plaza in Detroit. The Prodigy will also be performing Friday night at The Filmore as the official opening concert with tickets starting at $20. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance online at www.livenation.com or www.wantickets.com.
The Movement closing party will feature performances by Krakotoa, Benny Benassi and others starting at 10 p.m. Monday at Plan B Nightclub located at 205 W. Congress. The cost is $5 with any Movement wristband and $10 without a wristband.
Movement 2009 weekend passes allow fans access to the festival all weekend long as well as gives them the opportunity to purchase party tickets at a discounted price. Weekend passes are available for $40 and can be purchased online at www.paxahau.com. All ages are invited to participate in the Movement 2009 festival.