The City of Dearborn will host its 96th Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 30, following a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The parade is one of the largest of its kind in the United States and the oldest continuously run Memorial Day parade in Michigan.
It is organized by a parade committee consisting of members of the Dearborn Allied War Veterans Council, the Office of the Mayor, and the Dearborn Police Department, among other members. The last parade took place in May 2019.
Marking the parade’s comeback, Mayor Abdullah H. Hammoud said, “It hasn’t been easy to postpone a tradition as significant to our city as the Memorial Day Parade. That makes this comeback all the more special.” Prior to the hiatus, Hammoud had marched annually with the SAFE substance abuse coalition, a community group devoted to dispelling the stigma of substance use disorder and addiction. He added: “We look forward to honoring the service and sacrifice of our service men and women and their families, and we’re grateful for the ways in which our veteran community continues to inspire our city through public service.”
Tom Pitock, Commander of the Dearborn Allied War Veterans Council, said: “Our Memorial Day Parade and remembrance ceremony is an opportunity for us to remember those who fought to uphold our civil liberties and to honor their sacrifice. We do it so they are never forgotten.”
Thousands of people will be able to line Michigan Avenue to watch the several community groups, service organizations, bands, and local officials pay tribute.
Fatooma Saad, the City of Dearborn’s Veterans Liaison, is spearheading the outreach effort for the parade, and leading the planning and operations of the event in partnership with the Dearborn Allied War Veterans Council. “The City of Dearborn has a long history of supporting and working with our veterans,” Saad said. “Memorial Day is an opportunity for all of us in Dearborn and in the Metro area to honor the sacrifices made by so many. We do this by recognizing that the best way to honor their lives is to rededicate ourselves, year after year, to public service.”
To see more information, visit https://cityofdearborn.org/memorialdayparade