Monday is Memorial Day – the federal holiday America honors the men and women who died in service of their country.
Here’s what you need to know about Memorial Day in Saline.
Boy Scout Breakfast
Boy Scout Troop 400 serves pancakes, sausages and more from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Saline Area Fire Department, 205 E. Michigan Ave.
You can’t have a parade on Michigan Avenue without a detour. Saline Police will shut down Michigan Avenue at Mills Road and Maple Road at 9:20 a.m. – 40 minutes before the parade. So keep that in mind as you drive into town looking for parking. The detour takes east-west drivers along Clark and Bennett streets.
The Memorial Day Parade happens on Michigan Avenue at 10 a.m. It starts at Harris Street and makes its way west, up the hill, past Ann Arbor Street, and to Monroe. As it proceeds, people fall in behind and follow the parade to Memorial Day.
The Grand Marshal of the Saline Memorial Day Parade is Daniel Patrick, a US Marine combat veteran who is Foundation Director for the Fischer House, which supports veterans and veterans families.
The Service at Oakwood Cemetery
Every year, the parade is followed by a service at Oakwood Cemetery. The service features music – including the Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America, performed by the Saline High School Marching Band. Speakers include Mayor Brian Marl and Phil Klintworth. Klintworth is a retired US Navy nuclear submarine captain. During the service, Klintworth will ring a bell honoring each of the 64 submarines that have been lost. There will be prayers and remarks from veterans as we memorialize the soldiers who died in service of the country.
Service at the American Legion
Immediately following the service at the cemetery, many will cross the street to the William B. Lutz American Legion Post 322, located on the hill at Mills Road and Michigan Avenue. The legion is hosting a lunch. Bricks will be dedicated at the Veterans Memorial Wall.