(WXYZ) - Memorial Day is a holiday that allows us a moment to honor our military heroes who gave their lives for the freedoms we enjoy.
This day has been observed since just after the Civil War. Some people may remember it as Decoration Day. But it really wasn't until 1971 that it became a national holiday.
Although there are several locations that might arguably be considered the official birthplace for the holiday, Waterloo, New York, was designated as the place by President Lyndon Johnson in 1966.
Nearly every community is marking the day with an event.
-A parade in Royal Oak on Monday, May 27 at 9 a.m. It begins at South Main and Harrison and ends at Veterans Memorial Plaza where a memorial service will be held.
-The Village of Beverly Hills has a parade and taps will be played at the site of a new monument. The parade is on Monday, May 27 at 11 a.m. and a dedication ceremony at 1 p.m. featuring Congressman Sander Levin. Parade is at 11 a.m. beginning at Groves High School.
-In Troy, there is a Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 27 at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Plaza right in front of City Hall.
- St. Clair Shores will have a parade on Sunday, May 26 at 1 p.m. which begins at Jefferson and 9 Mile.
-Dearborn has a parade on Monday, May 27 at 10 a.m. which begins at Michigan Avenue and Greenfield and concludes with a ceremony in front of City Hall at the War Memorial at Schaefer.
If you're looking for some random holiday fun you might try:
-The Detroit Electronic Music Festival which will feature over a hundred artists from around the world. This begins on the 25th and through the 27th at Hart Plaza. But, tickets for the weekend will cost $80.
-Let's not forget the Annual St. Mary's Polish Festival at the Orchard Lake campus. This event also goes all weekend and features food, carnival rides, Live musical entertainment and dancing. There's also a Vegas Tent with casino games. Admission is free, but parking will cost you $10.