Saline honors the men and women who perished in service of our country during Memorial Day activities, May 28.
Memorial Day activities remain unchanged from years past. The Boy Scouts Troop 400 will serve breakfast at the Saline Area Fire Department beginning at 7 a.m.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Michigan Avenue and Harris. It proceeds along Michigan Avenue and ends at Monroe Street. A service will be held at Oakwood Cemetery.
One change this year is the addition of a service at the William B. Lutz Saline American Legion Post 322, which is located at Mills Road and Michigan Avenue, across from the cemetery.
The Grand Marshal of the Memorial Day parade is Daniel Patrick, a US Marine combat veteran who is Foundation Director of the Fisher House, best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. Since inception, the program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $407 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation, according to the Fisher House website.
The Saline High School and Middle School marching bands and New Horizons Band will perform patriotic music in the parade.
One of the speakers at the service will be Phil Klintworth, a retired US Navy Nuclear Submarine Captain. During the service, a bell will be rung honoring 64 submarines that have been lost. In World War II alone, 52 subs and 3,500 soldiers were lost.
Also speaking is City of Saline Mayor Brian Marl.
The Civil Air Patrol will also march in the parade and provide a flyover with a rescue plane.
Saline American Legion Post Commander Tim Driscoll estimates about 4,000 people will line the streets for the parade.
“It’s a glorious sight to see all those people lining the street and applauding the veterans on Memorial Day,” Driscoll said.