Rochester Area Memorial Day Parade of Heroes

Why a Parade? John & Mary Modetz, longtime residents and owners of Modetz Funeral Homes, along with co-chair Terri Williams, organized the idea of a small, community-wide Memorial Day parade for many years. Then, in 2019, a small group of passionate community members brought the parade back for one year, led by Terry Gonser, Director of The Veteran’s Tribute of Oakland County (VTOT). During this family-friendly event, several hundred residents gathered with flags and smiles to … [Read more...]

Memorial Day Parade in Rochester and Rochester Hills

Memorial Day Parade in Rochester and Rochester Hills By Michael Dwyer Decoration Day Memorial Day weekend is the traditional “kick off” to summer. It offers most Americans a three-day weekend to travel or relax. Some will take the family away on vacation for the long weekend and others will put their garden in and have a BBQ. First called Decoration Day following the American Civil War, Memorial Day (May 30) did not become an official holiday until 1971 when it was changed to … [Read more...]

Memorial weekend events around town

Heritage Days Greater Rochester Heritage Days will return to Rochester Municipal Park this weekend. Sponsored by the Rochester Historical Commission, the event is a celebration of shared history and community. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Events include a chili cook-off on Saturday, fire trucks on Sunday and the Great lakes Timber Show on both days. All weekend there will be a craft show, the Dinosaur Hill Pioneer Playground, Civil War and … [Read more...]