May 28, 2012 - Waterford Township Memorial Day Parade
Detroit Metro Mashup photographers enjoy the Waterford Township Memorial Day Parade every year, it's become a tradition! The parade begins at 10 A.M. at the intersection of Sashabaw Road and Dixie Highway. It then heads north and ends at Dixie Highway and Williams Lake Road, with thousands of people lining both sides of the road for the entire distance. Naturally it has lots of floats, displays, marching bands, community groups, businesses, police, firefighters, and politicians. It concludes with a memorial service in Drayton Plains Cemetery for war veterans, which includes a high school band, a bagpiper playing Amazing Grace, the service held by the VFW, and a 21 gun salute. The rendition of Taps played by two distanced buglers is both moving and haunting. The service is followed by free hotdogs, chips, beer, and pop at VFW Post 1008. The parade has been held for 46 years and has been coordinated by Donna Kelley for nearly 19 of those years. DMM hopes you can join us for the event in 2013 but, if you can't you can still enjoy the pictures we took for you in 2012.