Saline pays tribute to America’s fallen soldiers during Memorial Day activities Monday.
The annual Saline Memorial Day parade and service returns to Michigan Avenue and Oakwood Cemetery. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Harris Street and Michigan Avenue. It will proceed to Oakwood Cemetery for a ceremony and speeches.
Prior to the parade, the public is invited to the Boy Scout Troop 400 Memorial Day Pancake Fundraiser Breakfast at the Saline Firehouse at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Harris Street. The breakfast, which begins at 7:30 a.m., is $5 per person or $20 per family. There will be a lemonade stand at the firehouse in support of Ally Hennessey, the Saline nine-year-old girl with an inoperable brain tumor.
Last year, because of construction on Michigan Avenue, the parade was held on Bennett Street and the service was held at Mill Pond Park. Tim Driscoll, Commander of the William B. Lutz American Legion Post 322, said he’s excited to see the parade return to Michigan Avenue.
“It’s going to be magnificent,” Driscoll said. “Thanks to a lot of hard work by (veteran) George Perrault, we’ve got 120 American flags going up on every street pole downtown. It’s going to look gorgeous.”
The parade will be led by a color guard comprising veterans from all over Washtenaw County. An aircraft from Civil Air Patrol.
This year, the parade marshal is Congressman Tim Walberg. Saline Mayor Brian Marl and Walberg will speak during the ceremony at Oakwood Cemetery.
The Poppy Queen is Tess Carichner. The Junior Poppy Queen is Brooklyn Andrews.
Music will be provided by the Saline High School Marching Band and the Saline Middle School Marching Band.
Driscoll advises everyone to arrive in town early, before police close down the roads for the parade.