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Veterans Day Parade at Downtown's Vets Fest

Downtown Monitor - 10/26/2017

On Sunday, November 5, a full day of Veteran-oriented events will take place in and around Downtown's Hart Plaza, with the Fifth Third Bank Vets Fest, the 12th Annual Veteran's Day Parade, and the Second Annual 4Star 4Mile Race, all part of Detroit's Armed Services Salute.

Fifth Third Bank, Absopure, Humana and 99.5FM WYCD, are partnering to provide a fun, free, family-friendly day full of festivities to honor military veterans, from 11 a.m. ? 3 p.m. with food, drinks, music, entertainment and games. This area will be the start and finish line for the 4Star 4Mile Race, as well as the ending area for the MDVC Veteran's Day Parade. Hart Plaza will be the prime place for viewing both the Parade and the 4Star run finish.

The parade will start at 12 p.m. at the intersection of Jefferson and Chene, go along W. Jefferson, and then end at Hart Plaza at the same time as the 4Star 4Mile Race (approx. 1p.m.). This year's Grand Marshall will be Michigan's Medal of Honor

recipient Jim McCloughan, from South Haven (pictured).

The second Fifth Third 4Star 4Mile Race will be run in the heart of Downtown Detroit. A real way to ?put boots on the ground' and honor veterans, all proceeds will go to the Metropolitan Detroit Veterans Coalition and Wins for Warriors Foundation. Standard Registration Fee is $35, and the Military Discount Registration Fee is $25. Runners paying the registration fee will receive a Warrior to Run For T-Shirt, Map of Race Course, Refreshment Stations, Post-Race Entertainment, Finish Line Photo Opportunity, and a Dog Tag medal. Runners can pin a picture(s), or write the name(s) on their shirt of the Warrior(s) they're honoring with their run. Online registration closes on November 3, at 11:59 p.m. EST. On race day (November 5), registrations will be accepted via cash or check only. Same-day registration will be located at the warming tent in Hart Plaza from 10 a.m. to Noon.

For more information about the Armed Services Salute and its events, see armedservicessalute.com/. Hart Plaza is located at the intersection of Woodward Ave. and E. Jefferson Ave., just east of Cobo Center.


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