Press Release #52/May 11, 2023
All three traditional public high schools in Dearborn are planning special events before Memorial Day to remember fallen soldiers from their schools.
All three events will take place in the morning of the week before Memorial Day, and all will honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Visitors are welcome to attend the ceremonies.
Dearborn High School is holding its ceremony on Tuesday, May 23 starting at 9 a.m. in the school auditorium. The event will include remarks from Douglas Radcliffe, a former U.S. Marine who now teaches at Dearborn High. Students will also honor Dearborn High graduates and others who lost their lives in the service of our country, including James Huard who died in Vietnam and has a memorial on the school grounds.
Fordson High School will hold its Memorial Day Ceremony on Wednesday, May 24, also at 9 a.m. in the school auditorium.
Edsel Ford High School’s annual Memorial Day Rose Ceremony will take place Thursday, May 25th at 7:50 a.m. Featured speakers will include Mayor Abdullah Hammoud, Superintendent Glenn Maleyko, Principal Rima Hassan, and author Lisa Lark. The event will also include music from the Edsel Ford Chamber Choir conducted by Geoffrey Kelm and will welcome distinguished guests from the Dearborn Allied War Veterans Council.
Dearborn Schools will also be well represented in the City of Dearborn’s Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29. Several schools have bands performing in the parade, and some school-related groups will also participate. School bands include Edsel Ford High directed by Sarah Broekhuizen, Stout Middle School directed by Andrew Wolff, O.L. Smith Middle School directed by Griffin Wojtowicz, Fordson High directed by DanTaylor, STEM Middle School directed by Nichole Hartrick, Dearborn High directed by Brian McCloskey, and Bryant Middle School directed by Matthew Kwiecien.
The Memorial Day Parade will start with a ceremonial funeral procession at 9:30 a.m. This year’s parade will be held farther west on Michigan Avenue due to road construction. The parade will begin at Nowlin Street and move east to end on Brady Street at the Dearborn Historical Museum’s McFadden Ross House. Learn more on the City of Dearborn parade website.