Events celebrate Memorial Day across Livingston County

Planes fly over the 2008 Hartland Memorial Day Parade. Photo by Susan Pominville/
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Livingston County residents have lots of Memorial Day parades to choose from. Here is a list of the Memorial Day parades and other events scheduled. We hope you turn out to remember and honor the veterans who make our way of life possible.

“Hartland — United We Stand,” the 82nd event of remembrance and respect, actually begin the night before, with a special event beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 28, at the Hartland Cemetery, including a lighting of the luminaries with Hartland High School history students and veterans stationed at various headstones. At 8 p.m., there will be a special ceremony to honor loved ones at flag pole, ending with Taps.

On Monday, the day begins at 7 a.m. with the Hartland Music Boosters pancake breakfast at Village Elementary. A 10K/5K Walk/3K Run begins at 8 a.m. at the Hartland High School Field House.

Memorial Day services will be held at Parshallville Cemetery at 10 a.m., Parshallville Mill Pond at 10:15 a.m., Hartland Cemetery at 11 a.m., Hartland Mill Pond Bridge at 11:45 a.m., and a moment of silence at noon with a flyover.

The parade begins at noon at Ore Creek Middle School, and ending at Village Elementary School. Ceci Marlow, director of the Cromaine Library, is Grand Marshal.

The Florence B. Dearing Museum will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entertainment — including music, food, beverages and game booths — will take place in Epley Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Brighton Memorial Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. at Brighton High School. It heads north on Main Street into downtown Brighton for festivities at the Brighton Millpond.

CoBACH Center on Memorial Day
Two private collections of museum-quality military memorabilia from the Civil War will be on exhibit 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Memorial Day, May 29, at the CoBACH Center, 202 W. Main St. in downtown Brighton. Sponsored by the Brighton Area Historical Society, the exhibit will feature hand guns, rifles, swords, uniforms, ordnance, and other items.

Tribute to Bernie Corrigan
The American Spirit Centre, 10590 E. Grand River Ave. in Brighton, is renaming its building after the late Bernie Corrigan, a Korean War veteran and American Spirit Centre supporter. Celebration of the renaming is set for 2 p.m. Memorial Day. Guests are asked to arrive by 1:30 p.m. The event will also feature appetizers and a cash bar.

The Fowlerville Memorial Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. at the VFW Post 6464, 215. S. Veterans Drive, and heads east on Grand River Avenue through the downtown to a ceremony at Greenwood Cemetery on Cemetery Road.

The Hamburg Memorial Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. at the Old Fire Station off Hamburg Road and travels through the Village of Hamburg to Hamburg Cemetery on Strawberry Lake Road. Following the parade will be a service honoring veterans.

Hartland’s Memorial Day festivities kick off with a pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. at Village Elementary School, 10632 Hibner Road. Adults eat for $8; seniors and children eat for $6.

The Hartland Memorial Day Parade begins at noon at the Hartland Middle School at Ore Creek and travels to Village Elementary School. Visitors will be able to enjoy a flyover by the Yankee Air Museum if weather permits, and there will be lots of fun activities and games throughout the day.

On Monday, May 29, 2017, the American Legion Devereaux Post 141 Memorial Day parade will depart the Howell Carnegie Library at 10am.

The parade will travel east on Grand River making stops at the Revolutionary Monument and Court House Veterans Monument for the laying of the wreaths,  then will turn north on Barnard Street and enter the Lakeview cemetery from Madison Street. The final wreath will be placed at the Civil War Monument.

The public is invited to attend the Memorial Day Ceremony immediately following the parade near the American Legion section of the cemetery.  State Representative Hank Vaupel and Howell Mayor Nick Proctor will lead the ceremony remembering the people who died while serving in our country’s armed forces. The Howell High School Marching Band and the Marine Corps League will also participate.

The Pinckney Memorial Day festivities begin with a Memorial Day 5K fun and walk at 9 a.m. and a kids’ mile fun run at 8:30 a.m. beginning at the People’s Church, 500 W. Main Street. There will be food and music in the park 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pinckney’s Memorial Day Parade begins 1 p.m. on Hamburg Street, east of Pearl Street.


Photo credit: Planes fly over the 2008 Hartland Memorial Day Parade. Photo by Susan Pominville/

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