On May 30, 1952, a memorial was dedicated by the citizens of the Village of Novi “in memory of all veterans who gave their lives that we may live.” The Novi community continues to observe this day with special ceremonies at Oakland Hills Memorial Gardens and Novi Cemetery followed by a Parade and a Memorial Service.
Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country. The origins of Memorial Day, date back to the Civil War period, when on May 5, 1868, the head of the Grand Army of the Republic, Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of Union soldiers “with the choicest flowers of springtime.” Businesses closed and residents flew flags at half-staff. It was not until after World War I, however, that the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars.
Michigan was the first State in the Union to declare Decoration Day an official state holiday in 1871. The alternative name of “Memorial Day” was first used in 1882. It was not until after World War I, however, that the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars.
By the end of the 19th century, Memorial Day ceremonies were being held on May 30 throughout the nation. State legislatures passed proclamations designating the day, and the Army and Navy adopted regulations for proper observance at their facilities.
In 1966, Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, N.Y., the “birthplace” of Memorial Day. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress. It was then placed on the last Monday in May, as were some other federal holidays.
To ensure the sacrifices of America’s fallen heroes are never forgotten, in December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed and the president signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” which encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. As Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada states: “It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day”
March in the Parade
We want YOU to be IN the Memorial Day Parade
The Memorial Day Parade has been a Novi community tradition forever, honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Novi civic organizations, businesses, bands, scout troops and families are encouraged to march and showcase pride and spirit. To be part of this great community event that also honors Veterans and those currently serving, complete appropriate form.
Price: No Charge - Free Community Event
Location: Ten Mile Road - Karim Blvd to Novi Civic Center
Memorial Day Flyer
Veteran's Registration Form
Parade Participant Form
Scout Participation Form
You and your family can be a part of the Memorial Day Parade by decorating your bicycles and meeting to ride as a group. To join the fun, please call 248.347.0414. Meet at the Holly Hill Plaza, Ten Mile east of Haggerty between 8:30 & 9:30am
Immediately following the parade, we honor all Veterans, both living and deceased, with a fitting tribute. This years' service includes a traditional wreath laying, gun salute, patriotic songs and guest speaker, Colonel Craig A. Stigleman, U.S. Air Force (ret.). The service is an opportunity for the Novi Community to reflect on all that being an American means.
Sponsors / Sponsorship Info
Sponsorships support from the community helps us provide programs and services. If your organization would like to connect with the Novi Community on a higher level through our sponsorship program, contact Karen Kapchonick.
Memorial Day Festivities and Sponsorship Opportunities
2017 Memorial Day Event Partners
Thank you for supporting Novi Memorial Day events and showcasing community pride.
VFW Post 1519, District 4
American Legion—Post 147
O’Brien-Sullivan Funeral Home
Tom Holzer Ford
Parade Participation Guidelines
Parade Staging Areas
Parade Staging Areas
2016 Memorial Day Parade (Image Slideshow)
2015 Memorial Day Parade (Image Slideshow)
Cemetery Info / Flags at Vet's Sites
Cemetery Information / Veterans
War Dog End of Watch Memorial (K-9 Partners)
Come join us for the 6th annual Novi Memorial Day Run! The day’s festivities will include a 5K and 10K starting at 8am, and a mile fun run starting at 9am. Participants can register by visiting www.novimemorialdayrun.com
today! Part of the proceeds goes to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and the Novi Parks Foundation. If you bring a canned food item, are a Veteran, or are a returning runner from a year ago, you can save $5 on your registration fee. In 2016, more than 700 runners participated and it made for a great day. Participants will also receive a shirt for registering. Following the race, stick around for the Memorial Day Parade! Show your Novi pride by running in this great event!
Price: $10 for the Fun Run, $24 for the 5K, and $24 for the 10K (Before May 3)
Add $5 to each if you register after May 3.
Registration: Register online at www.novimemorialdayrun.com
or print a form from the website and send it to: Running Race Management P.O. Box 1094, Novi, MI 48376-1094.
5K Mile Course
1 Mile Course
Area Veterans Organizations
Area veterans organizations serving the Novi community:
American Legion - Post 147
Veterans of Foreign Wars - Post 1519, District 4
Contact: Post Commander Barry Teagan
Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America