DETROIT (WWJ) – Besides lighting the grill and heading to the lake, how can Detroiters celebrate Memorial Day? Learn more about some local events that will keep the traditional meaning of Memorial Day in mind.

Re-enactment Commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War

Where: Greenfield Village
When: Sat-Sun, May 29-30 at 10 a.m
Cost: Adult Non-Members $22

Join more than 600 re-enactors as they re-create Union, Confederate and civilian encampments, perform military tactical demonstrations and offer dramatic presentations. For more info call (313) 982-6001 or visit

Memorial Day Ceremony In Birmingham

Where: Shain Park
When: Monday, May 31 at 10 a.m
Cost: Free

Events to include a military flyover, drills by the color guard and a rifle salute. Also hear an address by Mayor Gordon Rinschler. For more info call (248) 530-1800 or visit

Costick Activities Center Memorial Day Tribute

Where: Costick Activities Center in Farmington Hills
When: Friday, May 27 at 11 a.m
Cost: $10

Acknowledge and honor veterans and also Senior Division participants who have passed within the last year with a VFW/American Legion Honor Guard ceremony and recitation, plus a special luncheon, dancing to a live band, and more. For more info call (248) 473-1830 or visit

City of Southfield Commemorates Memorial Day

Where: Steps Of Southfield City Hall
When: Friday, May 27 at 9 a.m
Cost: Free

The program will include remarks from Mayor Brenda L. Lawrence, keynote speaker Colonel (P.) Arthur G. Austin, Jr. – Deputy Commander of the 177th Military Police Brigade, and Daniel Brightwell from the Southfield Veterans Commission. The ceremony will also include a presentation of colors; 21-Gun Salute; Southfield-Lathrup High School Choir performance; and the playing of “Taps.” Light refreshments will be available in City Hall following the ceremony.

City Cable 15 will replay the program on May 27 at 9:30 p.m., May 28 and 29 at 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and May 30 at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. For more info call Southfield Community Relations at (248) 796-5130 or visit

American Legion Post 268 Memorial Day Service And Parade

Where: Legion Building at 44 Wabash, Milan MI 48160
When: Monday, May 30 at 9 a.m.
Cost: Free

A memorial will begin with a wreath placed on Ford Lake and at the Blue Star Memorial in Wilson Memorial Park. Services will be held and dignitaries will speak, honoring our military veterans at the end of the parade. A flyover has been tentatively planned. The Legion invites the public back to the post for hot dogs and soft drinks. For more info call (734) 439-2170 or visit

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