Editor’s Note: Please join the Ford Veterans Network Group at the Dearborn Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 27. Ford Veterans and their families are welcome to walk alongside the Ford Veterans Network Group F-150's in the parade. Look for the Ford Veterans Network Group signs on the doors of the vehicles. There will also be three Ford F-150 trucks at the end of the parade and several Ford Mustangs driving the VIP's and Grand Marshal in the parade. Have a great Memorial Day weekend!
DEARBORN - Dearborn's annual Memorial Day Parade, organized by the Dearborn Allied War Veterans Council (DAWVC) in conjunction with the City of Dearborn, will take place on Monday, May 27. The parade honors those who died in service to their country.
This is the 89th year for Dearborn's parade, the longest running in Michigan. Last year, 30,000 people watched as more than 90 organizations representing 2,000 people marched down Michigan Avenue.
Veteran heroes and members of various military organizations will participate in the parade. They will be joined by bands, community service organizations and flyovers by military and historic aircraft.
The parade starts at 10 a.m. and runs eastbound on Michigan Avenue from Greenfield Road to Schaefer Road. The parade is followed at noon by a solemn ceremony in front of City Hall at the War Memorial.
The 2013 parade pays special tribute to former American prisoners of war, those whose fate is still undetermined, and their courageous families.
The event also will include an address by the parade Grand Marshal Ambassador Charles A. Ray, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/Missing Personnel Affairs (2006 – 2009). Other special guests will include Michigan Sen. Carl Levin and Captain Christopher Stone, a former POW in Yugoslavia.
DAWVC Commander Phil Smith has a public and personal interest in shining a light on this subject. His father was captured on Bataan during World War II and was in captivity for three years.
"Anything people can do to help remember these sacrifices is appreciated," Smith said. "I want our men and women to know they are never forgotten."
For more information on Dearborn's Memorial Day Parade, call 313-943-2285.