Local cities to hold Memorial Day parades May 29

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published May 17, 2017

 Vietnam veteran Gary Geldhof, of Roseville, and Chaplain Wayne Brooks, of Detroit, salute after laying a wreath at Roseville’s veterans memorial after the 2015 parade. This year’s parade will take place May 29.

Vietnam veteran Gary Geldhof, of Roseville, and Chaplain Wayne Brooks, of Detroit, salute after laying a wreath at Roseville’s veterans memorial after the 2015 parade. This year’s parade will take place May 29.

File photo by Sean Work

ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — Roseville and Eastpointe will hold their Memorial Day parades May 29 to honor those who served and died for their country.

Roseville’s parade will begin at 10 a.m. with floats, bands from the middle schools and high school, and local dignitaries. The parade route will begin on Common Road east of Utica Road and head east on Common to Roseville City Hall. There will be a ceremony following the parade at around 11 a.m.

According to Michelle Glandon, chairperson of the Memorial Day parade, there are at least 25 residents who died in Vietnam who were from Roseville.

“We will have a ceremony after the parade, and we will honor the men that passed away or (were) killed in Vietnam. We will read their names and wave a flag during the flag ceremony with the honor guard,” said Glandon. 

The ceremony will take place at Roseville City Hall, 29777 Gratiot Ave.

“We are looking to honor veterans, and we want to make them a part of the parade, and we’re hoping local businesses participate as well,” said Glandon.

“We need to remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice, and we want to let their families know they are not forgotten — especially since we lost so many from Roseville and some of their families are still local,” she said.

The event is expected to conclude around noon.

For more information or to be a part of the parade, contact Glandon at (586) 215-3724.

Eastpointe

Eastpointe residents will enjoy their Memorial Day parade beginning at 11 a.m. on northbound Gratiot Avenue in front of City Hall, 23200 Gratiot Ave.

The parade will head north on Gratiot to Stephens, then head east on Stephens to Kennedy Park. 

Prior to the parade, the Eastpointe Oddfellows will hold a pancake breakfast from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Oddfellows hall, 23322 Gratiot Ave.  
The breakfast is free for veterans and costs a $4 donation for other attendees.

A Memorial Day ceremony will be held at noon at Kennedy Park, with a community picnic sponsored by the Oddfellows following the ceremony for Eastpointe residents.

“There’s still room to participate if someone wishes to volunteer for the Memorial Day parade,” said Michael Haughey, of the Knights of Columbus and the Eastpointe Memorial Day parade committee.

“It’s been a longtime tradition and a great way to honor the veterans that gave their lives for this country. It’s a nice day for the entire community,” he said.

For more information or to be a volunteer for the parade, contact Haughey at (586) 873-9234.