Preparations underway for Eastpointe Memorial Day Parade

By: Bria Brown, | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published March 22, 2017

EASTPOINTE — Scheduled for rain or shine at 11 a.m. May 29 at Eastpointe City Hall, the Eastpointe Memorial Day parade will take place to honor those who gave their lives for this country.

During the Eastpointe City Council meeting March 7, Mayor Suzanne Pixley explained what the committee is looking for.

“We’re looking for people who are descendants of the Civil War. Memorial Day was set aside as a day to recognize people who lost their life during the Civil War,” said Pixley.

 Sasha, a dog belonging to Scott Riney, of Eastpointe, sits with her family as they watch Eastpointe’s Memorial Day parade on May 26, 2014. The 2017 Eastpointe Memorial Day parade is scheduled for May 29.

Sasha, a dog belonging to Scott Riney, of Eastpointe, sits with her family as they watch Eastpointe’s Memorial Day parade on May 26, 2014. The 2017 Eastpointe Memorial Day parade is scheduled for May 29.

File photo by Sean Work

After the parade, there will be a ceremony to honor groups throughout the city.

“The Memorial Day parade ceremony is coming along very well, and we’re looking for groups to participate. In order to raise the funds to cover the expenses for the police and the Department of Public Works, we’re selling raffle tickets at $20 each for two season tickets to the Detroit Tigers,” said Pixley. 

There are only 500 tickets being sold, and the winners will be announced April 4, before the Tigers’ opening game, Pixley said.

“People can buy as many tickets as they want,” said Pixley.

Breakfast will be provided for veterans at the parade.

“Odd Fellows will have a breakfast on Memorial Day for all the veterans, so that should be a really fun day,” she said.

Mike Haughey, of the Knights of Columbus, explained how the organization pitches in with the parade.

“For five of the last six years, we’ve taken on the fundraising for the parade. Other organizations like the Odd Fellows, (the Michigan Military Technical and Historical Society) and other individuals help out quite a bit,” said Haughey.

Haughey explained why the parade is important to Eastpointe.

“It’s a great day for our community. It’s not as large, traditionally, as some of the other ones in the area. The entire parade usually takes about an hour and a half or so, with a small ceremony afterward. So it’s really nice for the community to not only honor the veterans, but it gets a lot of different organizations in the community active in this event.”

For more information on the parade, how to get involved or to purchase raffle tickets, contact Haughey at (586) 873-9234.