Please mail checks made out to Glacier Highlands Neighborhood Association to:
Glacier Highlands Neighborhood Association
3560 Larchmont Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
We have a great tradition here in Ann Arbor that dates back to the 1960’s when neighbors in this newly-formed subdivision called Glacier Highlands hosted a neighborhood parade and ceremony. Since that time, this event has grown to become a beautiful event for our City and I would like to share about some of the components and hope you would consider supporting it this Memorial Day.
PARADE FOR VETERANS: Veterans are invited to walk in the parade behind a very proud flag bearer. Dr. Jim Mitchiner’s father served in the Navy so he has been the traditional color guard member to carry the Stars and Stripes. Details of the parade route are found here: http://glacierhighlands.
OTHER PARADE PARTICIPANTS: Ingrid Sheldon, former mayor of Ann Arbor, has been the parade marshal for many years and organizes the veterans, fire truck, Huron High School drum line, flag corps, Girl and Boy Scout troops and children who have decorated their bikes. (If you have children that would like to decorate their bikes, they can be a part of the parade!)
CEREMONY: Finally, we end in Glacier Highlands park and host a ceremony that includes the singing of “America the Beautiful”, speeches from dignitaries, a roll call for the fallen, the playing of Amazing Grace and taps and the retirement of the colors. What follows is a really nice community event of people playing games, volleyball and a vendor with traditional American fare of hot dogs and hamburgers. Kona Ice is a favorite for the kids who want something fruity and cold. Coffee and donuts are available complements of the neighborhood association.
HONOR: Most of all, what I appreciate from this event is the sharing of community and pride from Ann Arborites who rarely have exposure to the military but come out to this event and participate in a multi-generational honoring of those who have gone before us. A previous Ann Arbor Chronicle article describing our 2014 event is here:
If you have questions or already know you are able to participate, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would particularly like to see more folks in the parade as well as the ceremony. Wearing a uniform is not necessary although it does give a nice impression for the military decorum. We hope to see you there!
-Kevin J. Bohnsack
President, Glacier Highlands Neighborhood Association
Air Force veteran
We need lots of volunteers to help with vendor coordination, parade route and barrier boss designation, the end of parade ceremony, and of course, organizing the bike decorating contests!!! Check out Sign Up Genius to log your willingness to help or e-mail us at email@example.com.
See this directory for some of the great pictures captured by mlive in previous years: http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/05/photo_gallery_glacier_highland.html
mLive had nice coverage of our 2016 parade:
A past article from 2014 is available in the archives from the Ann Arbor Chronicle compliments of the Ann Arbor Public Library here:
E-mail organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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We are very excited to be hosting this year’s 2019 Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony in Ann Arbor.
Details for the parade route and schedule may be found at this link:
Veterans may line up at the start of the parade and march the one mile route with other veterans or gather underneath the large oak tree in Glacier Highlands Park on Larchmont Drive for the ceremony.
We always appreciate members to pay dues of $20. We also accept donations from community members as well. The parade costs approximately $2000 every year and only happens thanks to donors like you.
Past articles about the event my be found with these hyperlinks:
We are on the lookout for additional Neighborhood Watch Captains. Currently, Andrea Darden is organizing in our neighborhood but we would like to see additional volunteers cover all blocks. Please contact Andrea for additional information on how you can be involved.Email Andrea
This year’s Adopt-A-Park event will include all three parks of Green Brier, Glacier Highlands and Windemere. Organizers are Jeff Schram, Kevin Bohnsack and Marguerite Dillard respectively.
DAYS ARE THE FOLLOWING:
WINDEMERE: Friday, May 17th, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
GREEN BRIER AND GLACIER HIGHLANDS: Saturday, May 18th, 9:00 a.m. – NOON
Participants gather with rakes, shovels and work gloves around 9:00 to spread mulch, weed and generally spruce up the neighborhood parks of Green Brier and Glacier Highlands.
Please feel free to show up for any time you can provide for this wonderful opportunity of community involvement.
E-mail email@example.com for more information.
April 9th, 2017, 4:00 p.m. hunt with set-up starting at 3:30 p.m.
Glacier Highlands Park on Larchmont Drive
Join us on SUNDAY, April 9th at 4:00 p.m. for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Each family is asked to bring a dozen eggs per child filled with candy and distribute them around the park starting at 3:30. Kids will then start hunting them at 4:00 p.m. SHARP!
During and after the hunt, we’ll have sign-up sheets for Memorial Day Parade leadership and volunteer positions. There is also a Sign Up Genius site that has been set up at the following website: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4aa5a722a3f85-2016
A fun time was had by all at the 2016 annual Easter egg hunt!
The following pictures highlight the kids going out into the field and woods to find their eggs and inventory their goodies afterwards!
An update was also provided by the North East Ann Arbor Community Coalition on ongoing efforts to raise awareness about the University of Michigan’s plans for a bus yard adjacent to several neighborhoods in the area.