As a resident of St. Clair Shores, I have seen the parade both as a spectator watching it and someone who is actually helping to put the event together. Over the last few years in particular, I have been given the responsibility of putting the parade lineup together and soliciting donations. I have had the pleasure of building the parade into one of the best in America …The pride I take in watching this event roll down our streets while watching people smile is a wonderful experience for me. SCS residents, I have found, are very generous and supportive. Knowing that I helped put on a magnificent event which honors our fallen soldiers is satisfying makes me feel exhilarated.
This year, on Sun. May 24, the St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade will be back in full force with some fan favorite pieces as well as great new additions. For example, our parade will feature the biggest collection of military vehicles in the United States. We will also have a special guest this year, Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger whose life was featured in the movie Rudy featuring Sean Astin. His story is a great one about trying and never giving up on your dream. Additionally, a steel beam from the World Trade Center will be featured in the parade. Prior to, on May 23, those interested can view the steel beam from noon to 4 p.m. at the St. Clair Shores Central Fire Station located at 26700 Harper.
Did you know this parade is considered the largest in the country?! What an honor to be a part of such a tremendous event. It is my personal goal to see everyone walk away from our parade tapping their feet and humming a song and talking about what they just saw!!
The parade begins at 1 p.m. at 9 Mile Road and Jefferson and heads north to 11 Mile Road. For more information, visit http://mi-stclairshores.civicplus.com/civicalerts.aspx?aid=180.
Dave Rubello is a proud St. Clair Shores resident.