Memorial Day Parades in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, Michigan

Americans look forward to Memorial Day weekend for many reasons. Usually, it marks one of the first warm, summer-like weekends. Because it’s a federal holiday, it gives us extra time to spend time with our loved ones, families, and friends.

But as admirable as that is, this holiday exists as a remembrance for those brave souls who gave their lives in wars so that you and I can remain free.

On the memorial in Novi, dedicated on May 30, 1952, it reads: “in memory of all veterans who gave their lives that we may live.” Simply said, but very appropriate.

Did you know Memorial Day has been around since 1868? Major General John A. Logan instituted Decoration Day in May. The idea was for people of our nation to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers of the Union Army, after the Civil War, “with choicest flowers of springtime.” Businesses would close and flags would fly at half-mast.

Later, after the first World War, the day was appropriated to honor the fallen from all American wars. In Michigan, Decoration Day was made into a state holiday in 1871 and in 1882, Decoration Day became Memorial Day. In 1971, Memorial Day was made a national holiday and placed on the last Monday in May.

What better way to enter into the spirit of the day than to bring your loved ones and friends to watch or even be in your community’s parade? If you live in Novi, Northville or South Lyon you are fortunate! There are events happening in each community.

Celebrating Our Veterans in Novi, Northville, and South Lyon

Northville, Michigan Memorial Day Parade

  • Monday, May 28
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.

The Northville VFW will be hosting the 2018 parade. It will begin at Northville Downs and end with a ceremony at Rural Hill Cemetery in Northville.

For more information, contact the VFW post at 248-348-1490 or visit www.downtownnorthville.com

Novi, Michigan Memorial Day Parade

  • Monday, May 28
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Parade route: along 10 Mile, beginning at Karim Blvd

Novi wants you to be in the parade! If you own a business, have a band, are part of a scout troop, a civic organization, a family who wants to march together, or even a kid with a decorated bike - you can join in!

This event doesn’t only honor the fallen, but also our veterans and those currently serving in the military. This is especially great for those who have family members who are currently in the military. For information about how to participate in the parade, visit the City of Novi’s website.

In addition, Novi is hosting a Memorial Day run, starting at 8 a.m. on Monday, May 28. There will be a 5K and 10K starting at 8:00 am and a 1-mile fun run starting at 9:00 a.m. Each participant receives a free t-shirt. Veterans, returning runners or canned food donations are $5 off!

  • Regular Price: $10 for the Fun Run, $24 for the 5K, and $24 for the 10K (Before May 2)
  • Add $5 to each if you register after May 2.
  • Registration: Register online at novimemorialdayrun.com or print a form from the website and send it to: Running Race Management P.O. Box 1094, Novi, MI 48376-1094.

South Lyon, Michigan Memorial Day Parade

  • Monday, May 28
  • 9:00 a.m.
  • Parade route: 10 Mile/Lake Street from Bartlett Elementary through downtown to Reynold Street Parkway.

The parade will end in South Lyon Cemetery with a commemorative ceremony organized by VFW Post 2502. For more information, please see the South Lyon website.

Conclusion

You can make this Memorial Day into a true day of remembrance and honor of our local veterans. We hope you have a great holiday.