Parades, ceremonies and activities for Memorial Day
Communities around Metro Detroit will have ceremonies, parades and other events this holiday weekend. Here are a few of note:
■Troy concert by Birmingham Concert Band 3 p.m. Sunday at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery, 621 W. Long Lake. On Monday White Chapel will host annual WWI Polar Bear Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m.
■Hazel Park Memorial Festival at Green Acre Park (75 W. Woodward Heights). The event includes a carnival, bingo, parade, car and craft shows and more. Friday through Monday.
■Ceremony at Southfield City Hall (26000 Evergreen) at 9 a.m. Friday. The program will include remarks from Brig. Gen. Leonard W. Isabelle Jr., assistant adjutant general of the Michigan Air National Guard, and Daniel Brightwell, president of the Southfield Veterans Commission.
■Sterling Heights festivities begin with a 9 a.m. Monday ceremony in the courtyard between City Hall, 40555 Utica, and the police department. The 36th annual parade, with nearly 100 entries, begins at 10 a.m. on Dodge Park in front of City Hall.
■Livonia’s celebration will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at Veterans Park Memorial Plaza at Five Mile and Farmington. The tribute will be hosted by Army Col. Miles Davis and include patriotic music and a wreath-placing. Air Force Col. Robyn Slade, a Franklin High School graduate, will present the keynote address. She is stationed in Mildenhall, England.
■Eastpointe will have its ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at City Hall, 23200 Gratiot. Participants include the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps and the Honor Guard from the Shafer-Rachelle-Latham VFW Post 6782.
■Dearborn’s parade on Monday will feature Ryan “Birdman” Parrott, a retired Navy SEAL who founded Sons of the Flag, a national organization that supports burn victims and funds research for better treatments of burn injuries.
■Farmington’s parade begins at 10 a.m. Monday, near the intersection of Grand River and Orchard Lake.
■The Wayne-Westland Veterans Memorial Parade will start at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Wayne Ford Civic League, 1645 South Wayne, and will end at the Veterans Memorial Garden behind the Public Library, 6123 Central City Parkway, where there will be a short ceremony.
■Weekend camping at Groveland Oaks County Park (14555 Dixie Highway, Holly) will include patriotic crafts, bingo, a bike parade, DJ dance, outdoor concerts and a magic show. Friday through Monday.
■Witamy! St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair, 3535 Indian Trail, Orchard Lake Village, offers local bands, a Vegas tent, authentic Polish cuisine, dancing and carnival rides. Friday through Monday.
■Admission is free to the Troy Aquatic Center (3425 Civic Center Drive) from noon until 7:30 p.m. Friday..
■Boogie your blues away at the Detroit Institute of Arts at its Mr. B’s Blues and Boogie Piano Celebration at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Friday.