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Share Your Photos: Pancakes, Parade, Proclamations and Patch

The weather was picture-perfect for Memorial Day festivities. Share your photos with Royal Oak Patch.

Community leaders, residents, and a group of sailors were up bright and early to kick off a full morning of Memorial Day activities in Royal Oak, beginning with a pancake breakfast served by the Royal Oak Historical Society at the

"We're testing a new secret recipe for the pancakes," said organizer Jay Dunstan, who expected to serve 4,000 pancakes between 7 a.m. and noon.

Those stopping by for the all-you-can-eat hotcakes included Mayor Jim Ellison, Police Chief Corey O'Donohue, City Manager Don Johnson, City Clerk Melanie Halas, Sen. John Pappageorge, Rep. Jim Townsend, and 35 members of the U.S. Navy Band Great Lakes, who later marched in the parade and performed at the Royal Oak Memorial Society's Memorial Day Observance.

Mayor Pro Tem Patricia Capello had an apron on and worked behind the scenes making what she and others agreed were "perfect" pancakes.

Memorial Day Parade and Observance

The parade kicked off at 9:00 a.m. near Main Street and Harrison and headed north on Main Street to Second Street before heading east to the Royal Oak Veterans Memorial where the traditional post-parade memorial service was  held.

"Everything is running very smoothly," said Carlo Ginotti, co-chair of the Memorial Day Parade. Each year approximately 1500 parade participants march in the parade with an estimated 3000-5000 spectators watching from the sidelines.

The Memorial Day Observance, held between the and , followed the parade. Carol Hennessey, president of the the Royal Oak Memorial Society, led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance and gave opening remarks honoring Royal Oak's veterans and war dead.

Mayor Jim Ellison awarded proclamations to the U.S. Navy Band Great Lakes and .

Wreaths were placed at memorial by the City of Royal Oak, Royal Canadian Legion Maple Leaf Post 84, American Legion Frank Wendland Post 253, VFW Acorn Post 1669, Daughters of the American Revolution, Benevolent Protective of Elks, Freaternal Order of Eagles, Royal Oak Police Honor Guard, Royal Oak Fire Department Honor Guard, Knights of Columbus an the Royal Oak Memorial Society.

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Judy Davids (Editor) May 28, 2012 at 10:15 PM
I took many parade photos today with my iPhone, which meant I had to jump in the street and get right in peoples' faces. (Um, I brought my good camera but left the memory card at home so I was able to take maybe 10 photos before I ran out of memory--or the camera did! Yikes!) To anyone who may have worried who the crazy lady was, I am really sorry about that. However, I want to thank the many people who shouted "I love Patch" or "Look there's Patch" as they marched by. I really appreciated that. You have no idea. I love you Royal Oak.
ShihTzu Rescue May 29, 2012 at 12:25 PM
I was in the crowd and saw you taking pics, and said to my family "Hey, there's Judy from The Patch!" You don't miss a thing. There isn't an event in this City you don't show up for. Thanks Judy--Royal Oak loves you too!
Judy Davids (Editor) May 29, 2012 at 12:32 PM
AW! Thanks!
Ronald Wolf May 30, 2012 at 02:54 AM
No, Thankyou for Patch Judy, especially for all the hard work you put into it. This town did not have a proactive community paper until you and Patch came along. AND Thankyou Peter of DPS for listening to me (unlike some pols I know) and fixing the benches that had fallen off their mountings in front of the library before that day was over .This city has so many employees that go the extra mile and waste no time in making needed fixes( like the banner rope dangerously dangling in Main St Traffic), and repairs (like potholes) if reported. Now that is community spirit!
Ronald Wolf May 30, 2012 at 03:24 AM
I wonder if those that originally worked on our civil war memorial had planned on honoring the stars and bars, or confederate flag coupled with a rendition of Dixie. No matter what revisionist historians say that terrible conflict was about the right to own and demean people because of the color of their skin. To this day the stars and bars is flown by the Ku Klux Klan that once had a large foothold in Royal Oak with the murderous Black Legion represented in membership by one Royal Oak Police Chief, and one Detroit Mayor in the early twenties. Thankfully that flag was not flown in the parade, and it was a shame many black veterans of not only our wars but Jim Crow as well had to listen to that well intentioned but insensitive presentation including the rendition of Dixie. As Tom Leher said in one of his paradies: "I wish was in the land of cotton where old times there are not forgotton, I have not seen one good lynching in years." There is a time and a place for healing but for many the wounds of that bygone era stil resonate. In Vicksberg they did not celebrate the Fourth of July for almost eighty years after the war was over.That aside it was a very moving well attended and well orchestrated ceremony honoring the fallen, wounded and surviving veterans of the UNITED States of America.

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