Remember the day: The 35th annual Sterling Heights Memorial Day Parade will be marching down Dodge Park Road May 26.
City spokesman Steve Guitar said the parade will feature some new entries and participants this year. He called the day’s events an important tradition for many residents that accompanies their plans to spend the holiday with their families and barbecues.
Guitar said the parade brings thousands of people together in order to pause and remember the sacrifices of America’s military personnel.
“I think it really shows the community’s support of our veterans and those who lost their lives defending our freedom,” he said. “We’ve had one of the larger parades in Macomb County.”
According to event organizers, the day’s events will start with a 9 a.m. ceremony that will take place between the Police Department and City Hall. The event will feature remarks from dignitaries, including Mayor Richard Notte, and music will be performed by the Great Lakes Chorus of Sweet Adelines International and the 1st Michigan Colonial Fife and Drum Corps.
“The ceremony, I think, is our special way to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and I think it really showcases what Memorial Day is all about,” Guitar said. “It is a brief yet solemn service. We have the 21-gun salute and the playing of taps, also.”
According to organizers, the 10 a.m. parade will start by City Hall and head south on Dodge Park Road until reaching Heritage Junior High School. The parade promises to fill the route with almost 100 entries, including veterans groups, community groups, high school marching bands, floats and clowns.
Guitar said the 2014 parade’s grand marshal will be Timothy Malone, a retired Michigan Army National Guard lieutenant colonel.
Malone, 66, of Sterling Heights, said this is his first time attending the event. He said he looks forward to representing Sterling Heights and paying respect to the fallen troops.
“I’m just going to honor those veterans who served and made the ultimate sacrifice (and) just express our appreciation,” he said.
The 35th annual Sterling Heights Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. May 26 in front of City Hall, 40555 Utica Road in Sterling Heights. A ceremony will start at 9 a.m. Learn more about Sterling Heights by visiting www.sterling-heights.net or by calling (586) 446-2470.