A great day for a parade

May 28, 2012

Many communities across Michigan celebrated Memorial Day with a parade.

 
It just wouldn’t be Memorial Day in Dearborn without a parade.
 
This is the 88th year Dearborn has marked the holiday with a parade.

But before the high school bands, boy scout troops and local politicians took their turns walking down Michigan Avenue, the remains of four World War Two veterans were carried on a horse drawn caisson.     People stood along the parade route as the caisson made its way down to city hall for a special memorial service.

This is the third year that the parade has been preceded by the remains of veterans who didn’t have the resources to be properly interned.   A reminder of the sacrifice made by America’s military.  

In Dearborn, the parade’s organizers decided to honor veterans who served during the Cold War.   Special grand marshals represented different periods of the Cold War, from just after World War 2 through the fall of the Berlin Wall. 

Cold is not a way to describe the day itself.

Parade organizers tried to keep as tight a schedule as possible…with temperatures reaching in the mid 80’s by midday.     They also manned water stations to keep parade watchers well hydrated.