The Metropolitan Detroit Veterans Coalition usually holds its Detroit Veterans Day Parade the Sunday before the actual Veterans Day Celebration. However, this year will be different since Veterans Day 11-11-18 falls on Sunday. As a result, our 2018 Detroit Veterans Day will be held on Sunday November 11, 2018 in downtown Detroit.
The Parade will be dedicated to honoring the 100th year commemoration of the end of World War 1, (On November 11, 1918, Germany signed the armistice agreement and the First World War was officially ended. Fighting on the Western Front ceased at 11 am. It also marked the beginning of what would become Veterans Day. A day to honor all Military Veterans.
Between 1914 and 1918 more than 15 million lost their lives as a direct result of the conflict, making it one of the deadliest wars in all human history. The conflict planted the seeds for the rise of fascism in Germany as well as in other European Countries. The United States had 126,000 casualties. We hope that you will join us this year as we honor the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War 1 and the beginning of Veterans Day.
Alexander Jefferson will be the 2018 Detroit Veterans Day Parade's Grand Marshal. Lt. Col. Jefferson was one of 32 Tuskegee Airman from the 332nd Fighter Group to be shot down and was a German POW. His camp Stalag VIIA near Moosburg was liverated by tanks from George Patton's 14th Armored Division on April 29, 1945.
Lt. Col. Jefferson (USAF, Ret) was born in Detroit, winner of numerous medals and citations during his tour of duty, including the Purple Heart. It is indeed an honor to have him
LT. Col. Charles Kettles Medal of Honor recipient will be our Veteran of Honor at the 2018 Detroit Veterans Day Parade.
“To the dozens of American Soldiers that he saved in Vietnam half a century ago, Chuck is the reason they lived and came home and had children and grandchildren. Entire family trees made possible by the actions of this one man.”
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
White House Medal of Honor Ceremony, July 18, 2016
Thank you to all who came out to honor our veterans at the 12th Annual Detroit Veterans Day Parade, Sunday Nov 5, 2017. We had the honor of marching with over 132 different organizations, comprised of Active military, Veteran Service Organizations, National Guard Units, Community Service Organizations, First Responders, Youth groups (including 1018 JROTC Cadets), Marching Bands and Patriotic citizens.Dignitaries included, Grand Marshall and Medal of Honor Recipient Jim McCloughan, Gold Star Mother Pamela E. Alexander, Veteran of Distinction, Coastguard Veteran and Detroit City council member Scott Benson, Detroit Tiger Great Willie Horton and Michigan Junior United States Senator Gary Peters. For a complete list of 2017 Parade Participants visit our participation page. In addition this year's parade honored the memory of United States Marine Veteran Mike Ilitch.
MDVC Meetings For 2018 Start @ 6:00pm
Masonic Temple, 500 Temple Street, Suite 4M, Detroit. All are Welcome. Parking in Rear.
Call or EMAIL Parade Manager Phil Harrison For More Details - firstname.lastname@example.org