Memorial Day events provide opportunities to offer respect

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published May 23, 2017

 Henry Thompson, 3, of Royal Oak, wraps crepe paper around his bike last year to make sure it was ready for the Royal Oak Memorial Day Parade. This year’s parade will take place May 29.

Henry Thompson, 3, of Royal Oak, wraps crepe paper around his bike last year to make sure it was ready for the Royal Oak Memorial Day Parade. This year’s parade will take place May 29.

File photo by Donna Dalziel


ROYAL OAK/CLAWSON — Members of the community will have many activities available over Memorial Day weekend May 27-29 to remember the men and women who died while serving in the armed forces.

Memorial Day parade

The Royal Oak Memorial Day Parade will step off at 9 a.m. Monday, May 29, at Lincoln Avenue and Main Street.

The parade will move north on Main Street to Second Street and conclude so that everyone can head over to the Veterans Memorial Plaza immediately east of where Second Street dead ends, in front of the Royal Oak Public Library entrance. Starting time for the ceremony is approximately 10:15 a.m.

Parade and ceremony organizers said both events are meant to provide an opportunity to show respect and reverence for those who gave their lives for our freedoms.

“Wear your red, white and blue and show your support of our veterans, and stand when the American flag is passing,” said Memorial Day Parade Committee President Carol Hennessey. “Either salute or place your hand on your heart.”

Anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 people are expected to line the streets for the event, depending on the weather, and in the past,  some people have arrived as early as 7 a.m. to grab a perfect spot.

Hennessey said the parade committee could always use additional volunteers at 7 a.m. the morning of the parade. Those interested should call (248) 543-8420.

Memorial Day service

The public is invited to Clawson at 10 a.m. Monday, May 29, to a Memorial Day service sponsored by the American Legion. The ceremony will take place at the gazebo outside the Blair Memorial Library, 416 N. Main St.

The event will include Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts raising the flag, speeches and the playing of taps.

“Help us honor and respect what people have provided for us ... our freedom and their service in the military,” said Clawson Mayor Penny Luebs.

Flag placing

The public is invited to gather at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 27, at Oakview Cemetery, 1032 N. Main St., to place American flags on veterans’ graves. For two Saturdays this month, volunteers have been cleaning the graves at the cemetery. Flags will be provided and no RSVP is necessary.

Bike decorating

The annual bike-decorating event will take place 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 28, at the Kinsey-Garrett Funeral Home parking lot, 420 S. Lafayette Ave.

Once again, the funeral home will be providing free decorations to children in attendance so that they can get their bikes ready for the Royal Oak Memorial Day parade. Each child will also receive a free dog tag for participating.

“We feel this is a great opportunity for kids to celebrate and honor our veterans,” said Memorial Day Parade Committee member Stacey Huber.

Once the bikes are ready, all the kids need to do is go to the parade at 8:30 a.m. and line up in the parking lot at the northeast corner of Main Street and the Interstate 696 service drive. Helmets are recommended, and parents are welcome to accompany their children.

Huber said trophies for the best-decorated boys and girls bikes will be awarded prior to the lineup on the morning of the parade.

Pancake breakfast

The public is invited to enjoy breakfast either before or after the parade at the Royal Oak Historical Society’s 20th Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast.

The happening will take place from 7 a.m. to noon Monday, May 29, at the Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road. The all-you-can-eat breakfast costs $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 10 and younger.

“It is always a great breakfast and time to see old friends or meet new ones,” Hennessey said.