​Land of the Free Because of the Brave

Memorial Day with Social Distancing, May 25, 2020

Each year Americans pause to remember and honor the men and women who have died while serving in the military. First established as Decoration Day after the Civil War, the holiday was set aside for families and friends to visit and decorate the graves of troops lost in the conflict. As time went on, the observance instead became known as “Memorial Day," until 1971, when Congress declared it an official holiday set to fall annually on the last Monday in May.

We can celebrate Memorial Day together though shared experiences, even in this unusual time of social distancing,

Honor. Remember. Never Forget.

Great Lakes National Cemetary, Holly Mi

The National Cemetery Administration (NCA) is committed to observing Memorial Day 2020 in a manner that honors those who sacrificed for our Nation while protecting the health and safety of visitors and our team members. National cemeteries will be open for visitation throughout the Memorial Day weekend. Families and friends are welcome to place flowers or individual flags at Veterans' gravesites. Cemetery visitors are asked to adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local health and safety guidelines and local travel restrictions. See the full NCA COVID-19 Alert and Memorial Day information.

Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum, Detroit MI

The Tuskegee Airman were dedicated determined young men who enlisted to become America’s first black military airmen. They came from every section of the county, with large numbers coming from New York City, Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Detroit. Learn about the Tuskegee Airman and view photo galleries.

Women’s Memorial, Arlington VA

The Women In Military Service For America Memorial (Women’s Memorial) is the only major national memorial honoring all women who have defended America throughout history. We are proud to recognize their devoted patriotism and bravery as an integral part of our national heritage. Read their history in America's Military Women—The Journey Continues.

Oakland County Veterans’ Services Honor Map

Oakland County’s map is dedicated to local service members who made the ultimate sacrifice while in the service for our country. Family and friends of the service members have entrusted Veteran’s Services with their pictures and stories. They were fathers, husbands, sons, brothers, uncles and friends. Each one represents a loved one lost and a sacrifice for our country.

Family Activities

Connect with family and friends using video chat and watch the concert or events together.

Attend a Virtual Concert

National Memorial Day Concert

Sunday, May 24 at 8pm - 9:30pm and 9:30pm - 11pm
Detroit Public TV
Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise return to co-host the 31st anniversary broadcast of the annual concert honoring the men and women of the U.S. armed forces. The night of remembrance includes personal stories interwoven with musical performances, there is a tribute to workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Attend a Virtual Ceremony

Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony

Monday, May 25 at 10am – 10:30am
National Veterans Memorial and Museum
Mark Memorial Day with our annual Remembrance Ceremony at 10 a.m. (ET) on Facebook with special messages and remarks from Ryan Manion, president of the Travis Manion Foundation and sister of 1st Lt. Travis Manion, USMC, who gave his life in service to his patrol and his country, and our President and CEO Lt. General Michael Ferriter, U.S. Army (Retired). Following this brief ceremony, continue to remember our beloved servicemen and women on social media with #IWillAlwaysRemember #NVMM #MemorialDay2020

Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 25 at 1pm - 2pm
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
While current events unfolding across the country and the world have made it impossible for us to gather in person remember and honor those who served and sacrificed all for our country, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation will be hosting an online observance of this important day. We hope you’ll join with us in this commemoration by writing a message or sending in a video.

Watch a Movie

Spend time with loved ones watching a war-themed movie during the long holiday weekend. Good Housekeeping magazine compiled a list of 20 Best Memorial Day Movies to stream on Netflix and Amazon.

Netflix Party lets you remotely watch with friends and family.

Create Heartfelt Gifts

Get creative by making cards and writing letters to service members. Support Our Troops will send them to deployed soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen.

Print Crayola’s coloring sheets, with a Memorial Day-theme, for children in your household to decorate.

Surprise your neighbors with a “porch drop off” of homemade baked goods.

Plan a Backyard Cookout

Memorial Day, for many families, traditionally marks the beginning of summer. Over the long weekend, plan a summer cookout and prepare your family’s favorite summer picnic dishes. Looking for inspiration or want to prepare a new dish, visit Food Network for The Best Recipes for a Memorial Day Cookout.

Oakland County Farmer's Market

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 7am - 1:30pm
Sundays 8am to noon
The Oakland County Farmers Market resumed its summer operation. Fresh fruits and vegetables are from farmers and direct-produce vendors from 17 counties across Michigan. COVID-19 safety measures are in place, including hand sanitizing stations on site and increased cleaning of restrooms, doors and high touched surfaces. Shoppers are required to wear masks inside the market and the building is limited to 50 shoppers at a time.


Communicate on neighborhood social media pages/groups to collaborate with others nearby.

Show Patriotism

Display the American Flag

Learn when and how to display the American Flag correctly.

Chalk the Block

Invite neighbors to draw pictures and write happy messages in chalk in driveways and sidewalks. Following social distancing, take a walk around your neighborhood and admire art.

Window Displays

Spread joy and patriotism by hanging handmade art, coloring sheets or cut-outs in front windows. Individuals and families on walks can feel connected to one another.

Physical Activity

Oakland County Parks

Oakland County Parks and Recreation waived entry fees for county parks until June 1, inviting residents and other guests to enjoy a walk in the park at no cost The county parks system offers nearly 80 miles of trails and encompasses 7,000 acres, and has trails for walking, hiking, mountain biking and equestrian riding. Visit for information about each location. The normal charge for the day-use park is $5/vehicle for county residents and $12/vehicle regular rate.

Participate in a Virtual Run or Walk