For many, Memorial Day marks the official start to summer. It kicks off several glorious months of barbeques, pool days and vacations. It also makes for a much-needed three-day weekend after the long slog of winter. And while we all love the time off work, it is important that we remember the real reason for this federally-mandated holiday. Memorial Day, which was founded as Decoration Day in 1868, is a time to honor the men and women who died serving our country. To do this, American flags are placed at the half-staff position, people lay wreaths or flowers at cemeteries and memorials and parades are held in towns and cities across the country. It should be a solemn occasion, one to recognize those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States of America.
This Memorial Day (Monday, May 28), I urge you to honor our guardians by visiting one of the many Macomb County memorials dedicated to the armed forces and local police and fire departments. To streamline your search for a site, the county created a public map featuring all of these locations in our communities. The easy-to-use digital tool organizes memorials into categories for police, fire and military. Every site is highlighted on the map with clickable icons that display a memorial name, address and image (photographed in-kind by Cheri Warnock of Cherish Your Photos). Sites include:
- The Epic Post Memorial (fire)
41625 Ryan Rd, Sterling Heights, MI
- The Fallen Heroes Memorial (fire)
29777 Gratiot Ave., Roseville, MI
- Memorial Park (military)
7530 Auburn Rd, Utica, MI
- Veterans Memorial Park (military)
27400 Campbell Rd, Warren, MI
- Richard Vauris Memorial (police)
37985 Groesbeck, Clinton Township, MI
- Christopher Wouters/Ed Rea Memorial (police)
29900 Civic Center Blvd., Warren, MI
Those are just a few of the more than 75 sites listed on the map. With Memorial Day just one week away, I encourage you to check it out and find a nearby location where you can honor our guardians and recognize their sacrifice.
Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.