The ROTARY CLUB OF KALAMAZOO - SUNRISE invites the community to the annual Kalamazoo County Memorial Day Parade, Monday, May 27, 2019 10:00am rain or shine!
The parade begins in downtown Kalamazoo on Michigan Avenue, near Rose Street, and will make its way to the Rose Park Veterans Memorial where a presentation of wreaths will take place, and then continuing to the Memorial Day Ceremony at Riverside Cemetery. Parade participants this year include floats, military vehicles, marching bands, fire trucks and more.
Veterans of all wars since WWII will be honored.
The Rotary Club of Kalamazoo - Sunrise is honored this year to have Michael Wilson speak at the Riverside Cemetery Ceremony, after the conclusion of the parade.  Michael Wilson is a retired Command Sergeant Major with 27 years of military service to the Michigan Army National Guard. During his military career, he was deployed to several foreign countries, provided security for the 1996 Olympic Games, and provided support for Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Most of Mr. Wilson’s military career was spent in leadership roles and in teaching leadership as a certified military instructor.
We hope you will join us in giving special recognition and remembrance of those who have served to preserve and protect our freedom.
If you would like more information and/or wish to participate in the parade, purchase a memorial brick or locate an existing brick, please use the links on the upper right of this page.
This parade is proudly sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kalamazoo - Sunrise, Kalamazoo County Veterans Day and Memorial Day Association.
2019 Kalamazoo Memorial Day Parade Anne Schmidt 2019-05-21 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Kalamazoo-Sunrise and the Kalamazoo County Veterans Service Office cordially invited the community to the 2018 Kalamazoo County Veterans Day Ceremony held on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 2:00pm.  Due to the cold and snowy weather, the ceremony was held indoors at the Arcadia Ales Brewing Company.
This year’s program was a remembrance of the veterans of World War I which fell on the 100th Anniversary of the armistice that ended that terrible war.
Participants included honor guards from the United States Marine Corps, the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's office, and the Western Michigan University ROTC. The program also included music and poetry.
This year's guest speakers were:
  • Tom Deitz, former curator of the Kalamazoo Valley Museum and an expert on Kalamazoo history
  • Steve Rossio, of the Portage Public Library who presented a program about a Kalamazoo medic in WWI
  • Colonel Bryan Teff, Commander of the 110th Attack Wing, Michigan Air National Guard based in Battle Creek, and a Veteran of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, having deployed seven times to southwest Asia. 
Music was provided by Scott Thornburg, Grace Kalafut, and the Kalamazoo Area Pipers.
If you would like to honor a serviceman or woman, please consider purchasing a memorial brick at Rose Park.  Additional information can be found by following the links on the Rotary Club of Kalamazoo-Sunrise's home page.
If you would like to locate an existing memorial brick; visit hosted by the City of Kalamazoo - Parks or
Kalamazoo County Honors Its Veterans Anne Schmidt 2018-10-23 04:00:00Z 0
Charlie Parker Named Northside Icon Anne Schmidt 2018-08-17 04:00:00Z 0
Somewhere in this photo are the two RYLArians our club sent to the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy held at the Battle Creek Outdoor Education Center in Dowling, Michigan on July 13-15. What'd they think? One said, "Amazing! I made tons of friends and learned of great leadership skills." And the other said, "I loved RYLA. I learned alot." Mission accomplished!
2018 RYLA was a huge success! Anne Schmidt 2018-08-11 04:00:00Z 0
New Technology Active at Rose Park Veterans Memorial in the City of Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo, MI—Tuesday, August 7, 2018—The partnership that came together to solve the problem of maintaining an accurate inventory of the over 5,000 veteran memorial bricks located in the Rose Park Veterans Memorial in the City of Kalamazoo is pleased to announce new technology is available live!
Rose Park Brick Locator is LIVE Shari LaBrenz 2018-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
Kalamazoo Sunrise Rotary is proud to announce an exciting new project in Rose Park Veterans Memorial, downtown Kalamazoo. A partnership has formed to solve the age-old problem of maintaining an accurate inventory of the over 5,000 veteran memorial bricks located in the Rose Park Veterans Memorial in the City of Kalamazoo. Partners in the project include: the Rotary Club of Kalamazoo-Sunrise, the City of Kalamazoo Parks Department and the team at Wightman.
Rose Park Brick Locator Project 2018-05-09 04:00:00Z 0