Memorial Day

City to Honor Its War Dead on Thursday

This article appeared in The Detroit Free Press (Detroit, Michigan), 26, May 1946, highlighting Memorial Day services held in Detroit; the first peacetime Memorial Day in five years.

Detroit will honor its war dead Thursday, first peacetime Memorial Day in five years.

Special programs at cemeteries, churches and river banks will pay tribute to the members of the armed forces who gave their lives in all the nation’s wars.

Thousands will visit the city’s cemeteries to lay flowers on graves and offer prayer.

PUBLIC AND PRIVATE offices and stores will be closed. Factories will close also, for the first time since before the war.

Branch post offices and most departments of the main office will be closed. Only perishable mail will be delivered. One collection is scheduled.

A parade on Woodard from Peterboro to East Jefferson will start at 2 p.m.

Members of all veterans organizations and their auxiliaries, Military Police battalions, units of Michigan State Troops and the Reserve Officers Training Corps will take part.

ONE DIVISION will be comprised exclusively of members of World War II veterans’ organizations.

Each of the eight divisions will pause to lay a wreath on the Soldiers and Sailors Monument as it passes the City Hall.

Car owners who will transport incapacitated veterans to the start of the line of march are asked to call James A. Davey, VI 1-3238 or LA 0537.

The forty-sixth annual Joint Naval Memorial Program will be held at 10 a.m. at the shell on Belle Isle under direction of Detroit Naval Post No. 233, VFW.

May we never forget.