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 Following Eastpointe’s Memorial Day ceremony May 29, 2017, Sea Cadet member Kaven Beecham, 17, shakes hands with World War II veteran and Eastpointe resident Salvatore Poma.

Following Eastpointe’s Memorial Day ceremony May 29, 2017, Sea Cadet member Kaven Beecham, 17, shakes hands with World War II veteran and Eastpointe resident Salvatore Poma.

File photo by Sean Work


Local cities to host Memorial Day parades

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published May 22, 2018

 Roseville police officer Kevin Keary carries a flag during the presentation of the colors at the 2017 Roseville Memorial Day ceremony at City Hall. This year’s parade will begin at 10 a.m.

Roseville police officer Kevin Keary carries a flag during the presentation of the colors at the 2017 Roseville Memorial Day ceremony at City Hall. This year’s parade will begin at 10 a.m.

File photo by Sean Work

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Every year, Eastpointe and Roseville take time on the last Monday in May to pay tribute to the people who died while serving in the United States military. This Memorial Day, both cities will have parades. 

 

Eastpointe 

Eastpointe’s Memorial Day parade will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning at Eastpointe City Hall, 23200 Gratiot Ave., with participants lining up at 10 a.m.

Eastpointe Mayor Suzanne Pixley said that Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow will be making an appearance at this year’s parade. 

“This year Sen. Stabenow is coming. This will be the first time in 10 years that she’s come to Eastpointe. I’m very excited that she’s going to be here. We’re hoping that we have a lot of people come out that day,” said Pixley. 

Pixley said that this year, the parade will have more community involvement. According to Pixley, Genesis Chevrolet will be providing a car for the parade’s grand marshal, Cliff Wilson.

 

Roseville 

Roseville’s Memorial Day parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Common Road. The parade lineup will begin on Pinehurst Street and proceed east on Common Road to PFC Wetzel Drive and then to the VFW Memorial Drive (City Hall plaza). 

The parade will conclude at 11 a.m. All side streets will be blocked at 9 a.m. until the end of the parade. 

Roseville Mayor Robert Taylor said he loves to see residents’ efforts in putting on a community event to honor fallen heroes who put their lives on the line for the country.

“It’s an important day to support our people in the armed forces and those who have served our country. Out of respect, I would love to see everyone who can make it. It’s a great day for a community event. Our high school band will play the national anthem,” said Taylor. 

Taylor said that Memorial Day parade chairperson Michelle Glandon has gone out of her way to resurrect the parade.