On May 25 thousands of Dexter-area residents will crowd the street to watch the annual Dexter Memorial Day Parade.
The Rotary Club of Dexter took on the organization of the parade three years ago, and parade chair Steven Feinman organizes the massive undertaking.
“Rotary is proud to be able to present this parade,” Feinman said. “It’s important to us and its important to the community so the kids get a sense of what Memorial Day is about.”
An estimated 700 people are scheduled to march in the parade including local groups like the American Legion, the Washtenaw County Sheriff Honor Guard, Knights of Columbus Honor Guard. In addition children’s groups like the local Boy and Girl Scouts, Dreadbots, the high school marching band and dancers will be marching. One new group this year will be the Dexter Community Orchestra, which will be playing patriotic tunes from a float toward the end of the parade.
Feinman said the parade is a reflection of the community.
“[The parade] is both a remembrance and a celebration of life,” he said. “Dexter is a family community. It’s a patriotic community. It’s just a patriotic town. It’s a good event where people can feel good, enjoy themselves and see the vibrancy in our community. It’s something we believe is important to the community.”
After the parade, a ceremony to honor those who have died while serving in the military will be held at Memorial Park. This year’s speaker will be Brian Polowniak, an Army veteran who serves on the National Veteran Business Development Council.
The parade will start at 10 a.m. and will kick off at Dexter-Ann Arbor Road and Kensington Street heading west through downtown, ending at Alpine Street.