Monday, May 28, 2012
Hundreds attended the annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony at Monument Park on Monday.
Hundreds of residents from Dexter and surrounding communtiies lined the streets and filled Monument Park for the Village of Dexter's annual Memorial Day parade on Monday. The parade was preceeded by a ceremony honoring members of the U.S. military killed or injured in combat since the American Revolution of 1776. "We continue to lose American heroes every day in Afghanistan and in military accidents and missions around the world," said Joe Palmer, a U.S. Army specialist in the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. "The loss to their famlies, friends, and fellow service members and country is permenent." Palmer, an architecture student at the University of Michigan, served two tours in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and said it was an …
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Monday, May 28, 2012
Monday we will take a break from work and school to recognize Memorial Day. In the midst of enjoying a day off full of barbecues, day trips or a weekend away with friends or family, make sure to take a little time to remember the reason we have the day off in the first place. Memorial Day is an opportunity to remember the people we've lost in service to the country. You can plan to attend this year's Memorial Day Parade, which begins at 10 a.m. at Wylie Elementary School and travels down Main Street to Alpine Street. A ceremony will take place at Monument Park at 9 a.m. In the meantime, you can easily upload photos or videos of your loved ones and share stories about them in the comments section here, or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Here's a look at some family-friendly events to entertain the kids (and adults) this weekend.
Memorial Day weekend – the first holiday weekend of summer, as it's called, is a few days away – a time for parades, picnics and perhaps a cottage-opening trip up north. It's also a more solemn occasion for many families, as befits the name Memorial Day. Graveside visits, flag placements and memories of former service members are part of the late May ritual for millions of Americans. Dexter Patch has put together a list of activities going on around the area for families to enjoy this weekend: Chelsea's Youth Dance Theater will hold a giant rummage, plant and bake sale, on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is held rain or shine at the Washington Street Education Center, 512 E. Washington St. in Chelsea. More than 40 families will be…
Friday, May 25, 2012
AAA Michigan estimates that 1.1 million Michigan residents will travel this weekend.
Whether it's up north, into the thumb, or just plain out of town, AAA Michigan estimates that 1.1 million Michigan residents will travel 50 miles or more on vacation during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. So as you prepare for your long weekend away, or in (going to Dexter's Memorial Day Parade, perhaps?), check out these interesting facts, and tell us: Will you be traveling this Memorial Day weekend?
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Commercial businesses will not be allowed in this year's parade in an attempt to refocus the celebration on local veterans.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to accurately report that Dexter Village officials are not involved with the planning of the Memorial Day parade. Plans to limit the size and scope of this year's Memorial Day parade in Dexter have come under criticism by community groups, who say they've been turned away after following new guidelines established for the 68th annual event. "In the past, anyone that wanted to could be in the parade," Donna Fisher, a member of the parade planning committee said. "We had politicians passing out campaign materials and businesses handing out fliers. We're not doing that this year. One of the biggest complaints we've received from veterans over the years is that Memorial Day was becoming too much like …
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Monday, May 21, 2012
Groups participating in the Dexter Memorial Day parade must apply with village officials by Thursday afternoon.
Plans for the Village of Dexter's 68th annual Memorial Day celebration are underway, and officials are seeking community groups to participate in this year's parade. "We're excited to see the members of the American Legion and the general community come together to celebrate the sacrifices of our men and women in the military," village trustee Donna Fisher said in a previous story. Unlike previous years, where virtually any community group could participate, this year the village is limiting the scope of the parade in order to focus the day's events on military veterans. "One of the biggest complaints we received from veterans over the years is that Memorial Day was becoming too much like another Dexter Daze festival," Fisher said. "We …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
A parade and veterans' ceremony are in the works for May 28 in downtown Dexter.
The Village of Dexter's annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony received the green light from the village council at its meeting on Monday. The parade, set for May 28, is being coordinated by American Legion Post 557 with the assistance of village staff. "We're excited to see the members of the American Legion and the general community come together to celebrate the sacrifices of our men and women in the military," trustee Donna Fisher said. In addition to the parade, which will take place at 10 a.m. down Main Street, a special service officiated by the Rev. Larry VanSlambrook of St. Andrew's United Church of Christ, will be held for military families. Fisher said the Memorial Day planning committee has decided to refocus the scope of this…