Exhibit Introduction & Memorial Day 1919-1939

It is with great sadness that we had had to cancel the 2020 Memorial Day parade due to the pandemic and the governor’s executive order to social distance and self-quarantine. Although the official Memorial Day will still occur in a few days, it will look very different this year than ever before, given the new social normals we all face. This day is usually marked with solemn commemoration and parades honoring the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the U.S. military. This year is also the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II. I  hope everyone takes the opportunity to take a pause on Memorial Day to pay respect to those who  died for our great nation and  remember that  ‘freedom isn’t free’. It is an honor for me to honor the service members who gave everything, and I look forward to when we can gather together in person. Please stay safe and well.

—Bill Bazzi, Commander, Dearborn Allied War Veterans Council

Due to the cancellation of this year’s parade, the Dearborn Historical Museum wanted to showcase Memorial Day celebrations from decades past through this virtual exhibit. Viewers can browse through the collection of photographs, slides, and newspaper articles on this site. If you have any specific Memorial Day newspaper or photo requests not featured in this exhibit, feel free to e-mail the Museum at Museum@ci.dearborn.mi.us.

Memorial Day Service in 1919
1921 Memorial Day Parade
In 1925, Dearborn began its long streak of Memorial Day Parades.
VFW in 1926 Memorial Day Parade
1927 Memorial Day
1932 Memorial Day Parade
1933 Memorial Day Parade
1934 Memorial Day