The Northland Memorial Day Parade, which has been around since 1871, were having trouble getting people to participate this year with only 16 units registered just a few weeks ago.
Organizers believe the popularity of the parade has gone down in recent years, because children aren't learning what Memorial Day is truly about.
Parade organizers kept an eye on the weather forecast leading up to the 2 p.m. start time, and chose to go forward with the parade, although school bands scheduled to participate were notified earlier in the day that they would not be marching.
After the parade, a ceremony at Marcus Cain Memorial Park to pray for the ones who are no longer with us.
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Since numerous VFW members are in their 90s, Volkens said she's already been asked to organize the parade next year. The parade was presented and planned jointly by the City of Dearborn and the Dearborn Allied War Veterans Council.
The Salk family, of St. Clair Shores, watches the parade just about every year.
East Greenwich: Memorial Day Parade will kick off from Academy Field and wind through the Hill District by way of Mawney Street beginning at 10 a.m.
"We like going to downtown Beloit for the parade, and it's the ideal day for it", Jamie Reil said. Debbie Stabenow, who said she was honored to pay tribute to all fallen soldiers and to be able to introduce Ryan. He said he was honored to be named grand marshal.
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Those who performed or rode floats were also enjoying the patriotic spirit of the day and honoring those who served.
Scanlan said the parade is a wonderful salute to veterans.
"We wouldn't be here without the veterans before me and the ones that'll be after me", Johnson said.
"He served our country", said Zakeegan Lennette of Jennings. This was sponsored by American Legion Post 16.
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