Looking back: Sylvan Lake Memorial Day parade

West Bloomfield Beacon | Published June 8, 2016


SYLVAN LAKE — The Sylvan Lake Memorial Day parade has been held since 1945. This photo was taken during the 1950 parade, and local Brownie troops gathered behind Daniel Whitfield School in preparation. The groups are holding flowers — often tulips or lilacs that were cut from the bushes in residents’ yards — that were then scattered on the lake by boats or an airplane. 

To this day, residents parade through the streets and gather at Memorial/Veterans Park to honor those who have given their lives for their country, including the three men from Sylvan Lake who died in World War II. 

Though the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society does not have records of all people featured in the photo, the girl holding the American flag is Barbara Monteith, of Sylvan Lake, then 11 years old. Monteith’s mother was the Brownie and Girl Scout leader in Sylvan Lake.