Category Archive : Memorial Day Parade

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:

2019 Parade Details

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Streets barricaded, please remove your cars off of the parade route!

9:30AM – LINE-UP
Participants line up at Frederick and Middleton (entrance to Greenbrier Park)

Parade begins and leaves from Greenbrier Park.

Parade Ends at Glacier Highlands Park

A memorial service in Glacier Park follows the parade to honor Michigan service members who have given their lives for our country in the past year.  Scouts will line up for a short remembrance ceremony.  We will parade the Colors and read the names of the fallen accompanied by a singing of “America the Beautiful.”  “Taps” will be played and the colors will be retired. We request a respectful quiet observance from everyone during this time.

Help yourselves to coffee and donuts! We will have food vendors of hot dogs, hamburgers and Kona Ice desserts!


Meet live birds of prey up close as they demonstrate and model their amazing survival characteristics and techniques. Hands-on explorations of feathers, skulls, and other bird parts provide a stimulating introduction to these hunters of the sky.
Leslie Science & Nature Center creates moments of discovery that inspire curiosity, exploration and respect for STEM and the natural world.

Bring cash and checks for your annual dues of $20 as well!

Map - jpg - full size

Barrier Plan







Parade Participants

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All are welcome to enjoy the six-block, 20 minute parade, which is exciting and fun for children and families. Highlights of past parades include a squad car from the Ann Arbor Police Dept., a City fire truck (with siren), American flag color guard, local dignitaries, volunteer drum line from Huron High School, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, neighborhood businesses, and more. Homemade floats (decorated toy wagons) are welcome, and children ride their red, white and blue decorated bikes. Families with baby strollers bring up the rear of the parade, and there is an easy shortcut to the park. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet neighbors, elected officials, and enjoy the beginning of spring.  

Prizes will be awarded for:

  • Best Float
  • Best Bike
  • Best Costume