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Michigan’s oldest Memorial Day Parade to return to Dearborn on Monday, May 27

Celebrating its 98th year, the annual City of Dearborn Memorial Day Parade will take place on May 27, 2024, along Michigan Ave in West Dearborn, hosted by the City of Dearborn. This year’s parade will pay special tribute to Purple Heart recipients in partnership with the Dearborn Allied War Veterans Council. As one of the largest Memorial Day parades in the U.S. and the oldest in the state of Michigan, the event features over 80 regional officials, marching bands, and community groups. It concludes with a Remembrance Ceremony in honor of those who lost their lives while serving their country.

Parade Schedule
The parade will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. with a military funeral procession. The Grand Marshal and parade groups will follow. A Remembrance Ceremony will occur at noon on the lawn of the Dearborn Historical Museum, 915 Brady St.

The public is welcome to attend.

Route Information
The 2024 Memorial Day Parade route will again take place on Michigan Ave in West Dearborn due to continued Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) construction elsewhere in the city. The route will begin at Nowlin St and move eastward, ending at South Brady St.Please note: Public traffic will be closed on the following roads for the duration of the parade on May 27:

  • Michigan Ave (eastbound and westbound) between West Outer Dr and Evergreen Rd
  • South Brady St between Michigan Ave and Cherry Hill Rd
  • Garrison Pl

Grand Marshals

Ed Gorczyk, U.S. Navy Veteran

ED Gorczyk

Ed Gorczyk enlisted in the Navy in 1966. While serving, his ship was hit directly by rockets from enemy forces. However, through resilience and teamwork, Gorczyk and his crew were able to escape danger and reach safety. For their bravery and injuries sustained, Gorczyk and his fellow crew members were awarded Purple Hearts. In 1968, after an honorable discharge, Gorczyk left the Navy as a seaman.

He returned home to Michigan and decided to study photography at Macomb County Community College after his service. Gorczyk is a person who enjoys learning about American history, classic cars, and traveling with his wife, two adult children, and three grandchildren. He is also a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America - James Huard Chapter 267 and The American Legion Post 364.


Chris Killion, U.S. Army Veteran

Chris KillionSergeant Chris Killion was born in Detroit and raised in Dearborn Heights. He joined the Army in 2001 and was deployed to Iraq in 2003, where he was wounded multiple times. Killion left the Army with the rank of E-5.

He currently lives in Dearborn and is a member of several veteran organizations, including the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Dearborn Allied Veterans Council, the Polish Legion of American Veterans, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.





George Cassar, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

George Cessar

George Cassar joined the Marine Corps in October 1966 and served until 1969. During his service, Cassar displayed remarkable bravery and perseverance, earning two Purple Hearts. The first was awarded after his tank was hit by a rocket, and the second was given when he was wounded by shrapnel. Cassar left the Marine Corps as a Lance Corporal.

After his military service, Cassar continued to serve his community by coaching basketball for an impressive 47 years. His impact is felt both on and off the battlefield.


How to Participate 
Applications are now closed for 2024.

Opportunities to support Dearborn’s 98th annual Memorial Day Parade can be found at CityofDearborn.org.

For additional information, contact Erica Marra, Special Event & Outreach Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


A special thank you to all of our generous supporters!


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