Sterling Heights celebrates Memorial Day with 44th annual ceremony, parade and Tuskegee flyover

~ Sterling Heights is set to host its 44th Annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29th. This year's theme is "Victory through Unity" and will feature a flyover of authentic Tuskegee Airmen WWII airplanes sponsored by BAE Systems and DC3S in Sterling Heights.

The festivities will begin with a 9 a.m. Memorial Day Ceremony in the courtyard between City Hall and the Police Department. The ceremony will include remarks from the 2023 Grand Marshal Larry Sargent, vice president of the Tuskegee Airmen National Museum; Mayor Michael Taylor; Art Commission Chairperson Jeanne Schabath-Lewis and Congressman John James. Music from the Motor City Blend Chorus and 1st Michigan Colonial Fife & Drum Corps will also be featured at the ceremony.

The Grand Marshal Larry Sargent will ride in the Detroit RedTail's 2011 Ford Mustang, affectionately called the RedTail, which is custom wrapped to emulate the red-tailed P-51 Mustang fighter plane flown in WWII by the 332nd Fighter Group, the famed Tuskegee Airmen. The RedTail will be on display near the ceremony prior to the start of the parade.

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The parade will kick-off at 10 a.m., beginning at Dodge Park and heading through the roundabout and south on Dodge Park Road, ending at Heritage Jr. High, at Metro Parkway. More than 60 entries including floats, veterans, community organizations and high school marching bands are expected to march in this year's parade as well as volunteers from Moslem Shriners who will bring their team of clowns, cowboys, musicians, motorcyclists and more to add to this patriotic event.

Mayor Michael C Taylor said "The Sterling Heights Memorial Day ceremony and parade is one of our City's signature events and is known as one of the best, most well-attended Memorial Day events in the region...The number of spectators who join us each year demonstrates how much our community values our veterans and believes in the importance of honoring those who gave their lives to protect our country."

For more information on this year's Memorial Day Parade or Ceremony contact Sterling Heights Community Relations Department at (586) 446-2470

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