More than just a long weekend or the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day commemorates the service men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. Military.
This coming weekend all around Metro Detroit, there will be a multitude of ceremonies, celebrations, and parades for those who want to observe Memorial Day. Check out the list below for an event near you.

Hazel Park Memorial Homecoming Festival
May 23-27, 2019

Time: 4-10 p.m. Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday
Address: Hazel Park Recreation Department, 620 W. Woodward Heights Blvd., Hazel Park
Phone: 248-547-5535
Cost: $1/ticket or $20-$25/wristband

This festival features a carnival midway full of games and rides, live entertainment a craft sale and the city’s Memorial Day parade.

Southfield Memorial Day Service
May 24, 2019

Time: 9-11 a.m.
Address: Southfield City Hall, front steps, 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield
Phone: 248-796-5130
Cost: free

This annual event pays homage to our fallen soldiers and active-duty service members with a presentation of colors, a 21-gun salute, a playing of Taps and more.

St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair in Orchard Lake
May 24-27, 2019

Times: 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday
Address: Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Campus, 3535 Indian Trail, Orchard Lake
Phone: 248-706-6775
Cost: $5/person, $20/families, fees/rides

Authentic Polish and American food, live entertainment, carnival rides, including an 33-foot roller coaster, games, art on display and more make up this annual event.

Grosse Pointe Memorial Day Service
May 27, 2019

Time: 10 a.m.
Address: Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores
Phone: 313-881-7511
Cost: Free

This annual event features a Memorial Day service and other activities to honor those that have given their lives in this country’s pursuit of freedom. Other events happen at this Grosse Pointe spot throughout the week, too.

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The Registry

The story of Japanese Americans recruited from internment camps to serve in the Military Intelligence Service during World War II to help defeat Japan.

Going to War
MONDAY, 5/27 at 10PM ET

Authors Sebastian Junger and Karl Marlantes provide insight into what it’s like to be a soldier in times of war, including training, battle and coming home.

D-Day at Pointe-du-Hoc
MONDAY, 5/27 at 11PM ET

The U.S. Army’s 2nd Ranger Battalion scales the 100-foot cliffs of Pointe du Hoc in Normandy on June 6, 1944, on a mission to destroy six German cannons.