Rochester Area Memorial Day Celebration

The 2019 Memorial Day Celebrations will take place throughout the Greater Rochester Area For more information on the Rochester Area Memorial Day Celebration, please contact Maggie Bobitz at the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce at 248-651-6700. … [Read more...]

Greater Rochester Memorial Day Celebrations for 2018

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in May to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military. The Greater Rochester Memorial Day Committee is hosting two separate programs to honor veterans. The first event will take place at Mt. Avon Cemetery, located at 2nd Street and Wilcox Street, at 9:00 a.m. followed by a second program at Veteran Memorial Pointe, located at 1015 S. Livernois Rd, beginning at 10:30 a.m. There will not be a parade in between the two … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do you Fly the Flag on Memorial Day?

Dear Crabby, Do you Fly the Flag on Memorial Day? Sincerely, Starr White Dear Starr, Of course I do and you better do the same! You know, as proud Americans, the Crabby Family displays the flag everyday. To avoid the sunrise to sunset rule, we illuminate our US Flag at night, so it flies around the clock. But if you're a kind of part-time patriot, then you should honor our country by showing the Stars and Stripes on all National Holidays, as well as Inauguration Day, Lincoln's … [Read more...]

Greater Rochester Memorial Day Celebrations for 2017

The Greater Rochester Memorial Day Committee will be hosting two separate programs to honor veterans. The first event will take place at Mt. Avon Cemetery at 9:00 a.m. followed by a second program at Veteran Memorial Pointe, located at 1015 S. Livernois Rd, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The committee has decided not to include a parade in between the two programs. If you have questions or would like to assist the committee, please call 248-656-4664.  Also, the beach at Thelma G. Spencer Park opens … [Read more...]

Skip the Sales and Pancakes this Memorial Day and Honor the Sacred Dead Instead

Commentary on Memorial Day, by Judge Michael Warren I love pancakes, especially at the International House of Pancakes. However, when I sat down recently at my friendly neighborhood IHOP, I was barraged at the table with the message that I should "celebrate Memorial Day" by buying red, white and blue pancakes. My stomach ached instead of hungered. We should honor Memorial Day, not cheapen it with pretty pancakes. Of course, IHOP is hardly an outlier. Look around, the crass … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s the Difference Between Memorial and Labor Day?

Dear Crabby, I am a proud American and always do my best to properly observe our national holidays. But recently a Canadian friend asked me what the difference is between Memorial Day and Labor Day; and you know what? I was kind of at a loss for words. Can you help me out? Sincerely, Pete Patriot Dear Mr. Patriot, Don’t fret. I have a feeling you’re not alone in this. My bet is that a lot of Americans are so used to celebrating these holidays that they’ve long forgotten how they got started … [Read more...]

Local Memorial Day Observances

Sunday, May 25 1:30 p.m.: Shelby  Twp Memorial Day ceremony, at the municipal park (24 Mile Rd and Van Dyke). Monday, May 26 9 a.m.: Mt. Avon Cemetery (Downtown Rochester, 2nd St and Wilcox), Memorial Day ceremony. 10 a.m.: Rochester-Rochester Hills Memorial Day Parade, starts at the Mt. Avon Cemetery, proceeds down Harding to Livernois, ending at the Veterans Memorial Pointe. Grand Marshall is Toni Deaton. Peggy and Ed Kralik of Operation Yellow Ribbon will also … [Read more...]

American House Senior Living Communities and Crittenton Home Care to Celebrate Soldiers May 21

In a press release from Crittenton Home Care, it was announced that they are partnering with American House Senior Living Communities to celebrate Memorial Day early, with a patriotic ceremony on May 21 at American House Elmwood at 2251 W. Auburn Road, in Rochester Hills. The celebration, held the Wednesday before Memorial Day, begins at 1 p.m. with opening remarks from Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett, with reflections on Memorial Day. Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154 President Brian … [Read more...]

Healthy grilling tips for Memorial Day

Turn those grills on; it's BBQ season! As we kickoff the summer season with the long holiday weekend, here are some fun and healthy tips to use when grilling for your family and friends this Memorial Day. Clean your grill: For starters, make sure to clean your grill. Cleaning your grill will greatly reduce carcinogen build-up and will help enhance flavors to give you a top-notch turnout—your meal!     Keep an eye on the time: Second, don’t leave your food on the grill for … [Read more...]

The cost of celebrating Memorial Day

If you know my family then you know that Memorial Day is a particularly emotional holiday for us. It isn’t about an extra day off of work. It isn’t about barbecues with our friends. It’s about remembering a beloved son, brother, uncle, cousin, friend and his sacrifice for our country. My dad’s older brother, Bill, was killed in action (KIA) in the Vietnam War. Not only did Bill sacrifice his life for our country, but also my grandparents gave up their son; my dad and uncle gave up their brother. … [Read more...]