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Dearborn continues Memorial Day tradition

Sarah Cwiek
Michigan Radio
People line Michigan Avenue in Dearborn for the city's Memorial Day parade.

The city of Dearborn held its 87th annual Memorial Day parade Monday.

It’s the longest-running Memorial Day celebration in the state.

This year’s parade honored veterans of the Vietnam War. It’s been 50 years since the U.S. first became involved in that conflict.

The events included a funeral procession for several veterans, and a Remembrance Service.

Judy Carty watched the parade alongside her husband, a Korean War veteran.

Carty says as someone who protested the Vietnam War, she had “mixed feelings” about the proceedings.

But, she says "I also have respect for people, young men and women that died for such a hopeless cause. And it breaks my heart.”

Carty says she hopes Memorial Day can prod all Americans to think seriously about the costs of war.