Veterans Events Committee

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2020 Ruck 22 March

Every year, on the Saturday before Veterans Day, we march to raise awareness of the scourge of veteran suicide, and to raise money, food, and supplies for homeless or needy vets. While the circumstances are different this year, our resolve to tackle this issue hasn’t . On November 7th, our annual Ruck March go virtual due to the coronavirus. You can still sign up, pledge your $22, receive a Ruck 22 beanie hat, and then vow to march on your own.

The Royal Oak Veterans Events Committee holds the Ruck 22 March every year to raise awareness of the national problem of veteran suicide. By some estimates, 22 vets commit suicide every day. Every year, we ask that marchers load their rucks with 22 lbs. of donations for needy veterans, or 22 items to contribute, and give $22 to enter the march. This year, the march has gone virtual, but our mission is still the same. Raise money for veteran non-profits and raise awareness of this pressing and heartbreaking issue. Enter the march today, pledge $22 to the fight, and we’ll send you a Ruck 22 beanie hat. Wear it when you lace up your boots this November 7th and march on your own to continue the mission. All proceeds will go to the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154. They do phenomenal work providing for needy and homeless veterans throughout Southeast Michigan. In years past, VVA Chapter 154 has volunteered their time and resources to collect all donations and distribute to those most in need. Your pledge will continue their fine and honorable work.

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The Royal Oak Memorial Day Parade has been held on Memorial Day for several decades as a respectful tribute to our veterans - past and present. 


Planning for parade is a year round task. The committee meets monthly and strives to improve the parade each year, while maintaining the high standards that are expected of such a premier event dedicated to honoring our veterans so that their sacrifices will never be forgotten.


One of the committee's primary goals is to reach out to veterans of all ages and to those who wish to show their respect to our veterans.

This is one of the most prestigious parades held in Michigan and the high standards of this parade have held true for decades. By reaching out to the younger generations and teaching them why we need to continue to honor our veterans with respect and dignity, the committee is dedicated to keeping this a solemn event for generations to come.

If you have questions regarding the parade, please contact David London at or call 248-506-0737.

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