Veterans Events Committee
Memorial Day Parade
The 2022 Memorial Day Parade lineup is here.
Remember, the parade is on Washington this year due to construction on Main Street.
Please arrive between 8:00 AM and 8:30 AM. Check in near the corner Washington and Lincoln. Look for volunteers wearing bright yellow shirt to assist you.
All Memorial Day Parade Participants must follow any COVID19 public health guidelines in place at the time of the parade.
All Memorial Day Parade Participants must have a patriotic theme to their unit or float.
The parade committee's decision regarding all entrants, their eligibility, participation and placement in the line-up is final.
Participants realize that a violation of rules will result in immediate expulsion form parade.
Participants understand that no political advertising will be allowed.
Participants understand that flyers, candy or other items CANNOT be distributed on the parade route.
Elected/appointed officials are required to ride in or walk alongside a vehicle provided by the participant.
Elected/appointed officials participating in the parade should have signs on their vehicles identifying their name and office.
UPDATE: Due to construction on Main Street, the parade steps off at 9:00 am sharp on Monday, May 30, at Washington and Lincoln and proceeds north to S Sherman Drive. A ceremony immediately follows the end of the parade at the Veterans War Memorial at Centennial Commons near the library south entrance.
The parade steps off at Washington and Lincoln and heads north (indicated by dashed line) to Fourth Street. The dotted line represents a suggested route to the War Memorial for those who plan to attend the ceremony at the conclusion of the parade.
- Vehicles should take Sherman Drive to 11 Mile Road.
- Walkers can continue down Washington to Second Street and proceed east to the War Memorial.
The Royal Oak Memorial Day Parade has been held on Memorial Day for several decades as a respectful tribute to our veterans - past and present.
Planning for the parade is a year round task. The committee meets monthly and strives to improve the parade each year, while maintaining the high standards that are expected of such a premier event dedicated to honoring our veterans so that their sacrifices will never be forgotten.
One of the committee's primary goals is to reach out to veterans of all ages and to those who wish to show their respect to our veterans.
This is one of the most prestigious parades held in Michigan and the high standards of this parade have held true for decades. By reaching out to the younger generations and teaching them why we need to continue to honor our veterans with respect and dignity, the committee is dedicated to keeping this a solemn event for generations to come.
If you have questions regarding the parade, please contact Judy Davids at 248-246-3201.
2021 Veterans Day Service
Thank you to all who joined us in honoring those who served our country in uniform.
A special thanks goes out to the Royal Oak High School band, the St. Paul Lutheran School Choir and guest speaker First Sergeant David Wandoff, 342nd MP Company.
See photos of the event.
2021 Ruck 22 March
To date the annual Ruck 22 March has raised nearly $12,000 for Vets suffering with mental health issues. In addition, thousands of pounds of food, clothing and household items were donated to the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154 to help those in need.
In 2021, more than $3,600 in donations were collected for the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center to provide mental health resources to Veterans. See photos of the 2021 Ruck March.