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Calling Ann Arbor area Veterans

Fellow veterans,

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.

Dr. Jim Mitchiner carries the flag each year. Bagpiper plays for the parade and ceremony as well.

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: Veterans are asked to line up behind the flagbearer.

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!)

Huron Drumline

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 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

Volunteers for the Parade

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

See this directory for some of the great pictures captured by mlive in previous years:

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 for more information.

Annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony 2019 GUIDE


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:

2019 Parade Details

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.

Online Payment for Dues

Past articles about the event my be found with these hyperlinks:

Adopt-A-Park Clean-up – WINDEMERE: FRIDAY, May 17, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. GREEN BRIER / GLACIER HIGHLANDS: May 18, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – NOON

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.


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 for more information.



2016 Easter Egg Hunt

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!

The Sign Up Genius is now up and running for the annual Memorial Day parade. Check it out at this MEMORIAL DAY PARADE SIGN-UP GENIUS LINK or e-mail at

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.













Background on athletic campus Marquee and Solar Panels


As background, the marquee along Stadium was first proposed and discussed in July of 2012 by the Regents.;size=100;view=image

The announcement of the marquee was subsequently issued by the Ann Arbor news.

When asked about details: “Associate Athletic Director Dave Ablauf declined to comment or offer additional information on the marquee, saying he couldn’t discuss the project unless it was approved by regents.”

The full bid was approved in May of 2013 and subsequently installed.;size=100;view=image

By October, residents noted that it was very distracting to drivers but it was already installed.


The approval and installation of solar panels along Plymouth Road was even less transparent and came as a surprise to many local residents.

Jim Kosteva, University of Michigan Director of Community Relations, said the project was considered an infrastructure improvement, not new construction, and therefore wasn’t announced to the nearby community, outside of media reports.

“What I will concede is that a specific location [of the panels] were not as clear as some would have preferred,” he said.


What are we to expect out of the proposed bus yard?  Concerned citizens have already written down their disappointment with the process and many questions in numerous Letters to Regents thus far.

Details have been scant and the community was not involved until the first public forum for residents to raise the many questions and concerns they had to University administrators.

Out of this confusion and frustration, the North East Ann Arbor Community Coalition has formed. Ann Arbor may be at a tipping point that could actually spur on an improved relationship for city and university relations by putting forth the expectation of community engagement PRIOR to any major projects. You are invited to join in the dialogue.

Organizational Meeting 2016

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING: April 17, 2016, 9:00 p.m., 3653 Larchmont Drive

E-mail Kevin at for more information.

The Memorial Day parade is just around the corner. It may be cold now but this traditional kickoff to summer is just around the corner!  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

See this directory for some of the great pictures captured by mlive in previous years:

A past article is available in the archives from the Ann Arbor Chronicle compliments of the Ann Arbor Public Library here:

Contact Kevin Bohnsack for specific questions or inquiries.


3/3/16 neA2cc Petition effort underway along with ongoing Letters to Regents

University of Michigan Planner’s Solar Panels on Plymouth Road and the billboard sign in front of the Big House were formal announcements to the Ann Arbor community AFTER the bids had been approved with no community input or comment. Now they want to install an industrial bus yard in proximity to a residential neighborhood. (For further background on the first two issues, you may refer to this additional link that includes previous media coverage.)

After a brief presentation to the Regents with no information regarding the location’s proximity to residential areas, University officials finally provided a public forum. They had not anticipated the tense mood and huge community response they were to encounter by the overcapacity room and still no published traffic study or sustainability report.

Citizens are asked to:

The new Northeast Ann Arbor Community Coalition is now formed. See the websites for more information and ongoing organizational efforts. and Facebook at

Based on the multiple letters to the Regents already, it is apparent residents want to be heard BEFORE the University does something that will have an impact on our community and neighborhoods. The tipping point may be now. This not just a nuisance along Stadium or Plymouth. For many who have expressed their concern, this plan could threaten the very lifestyle and environment we enjoy as neighborhood communities together as Wolverines and Ann Arborites.

SAVE THE DATE – Greenwood Church (FUMC) on Green Road – Sunday, February 28, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

We are looking at a meeting of interested stakeholders from the various affected neighborhoods to meet this Sunday at the Greenwood Church (of the FUMC) on 1001 Green Road. We recognize the short notice nature of this effort but also have received a lot of feedback on willingness to provide additional feedback in a neighborhood-based forum and keep things moving forward.

We have already seen some nice press coverage to raise everyone’s awareness.

We also recently received a response from President Schlissel acknowleding our concerns. Keep the feedback flowing to both the President and the Regents.

Tentative Agenda –  Green Wood Church (FUMC), 1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

1. Introductions
2. Review of Public Forum held on 2/25/16
3. Development of Shared Goals among Neighborhood Stakeholders
4. Action Item determination and taskers
     a. Regents
     b. University
     c. Press
     d. Website maintenance
     e. Petition
     f. Others
5. Conclusion
6. Determination of Next Meeting

Examples of Letters to UM Regents and Administration

Please send and the coalition will post to the Publicly-shared Drive folder. Be sure to Cc the following address for inclusion: This is a great way to share your thoughts and see what others have written as well. Consider listing your credentials in the introductory paragraph so the Regents are aware of any connections you may have to the University as an alum, employee, healthcare staff or other affiliation. You may also use such statements as:

As an alum, I feel…
As a graduate from the University with expertise in …., I would like to…
As a professor in the department of …, I would like to call attention to…

Compliments of Susie Bowers, one of our neighborhood’s architects, we have this file to view on the proximity of residences to the proposed light industrial site: