ABOVE: A collage of the more than 1,500 Detroit victims of COVID-19 superimposed an a picture of the state of the Spirit Of Detroit.
DETAILS OF THE AUG. 31 MEMORIAL DRIVE ON BELLE ISLE
The Memorial Drive is for victim families only..
The drive will last from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.Belle Isle will be closed to all public car, bike and pedestrian traffic for the day.The Park will be open the next two days for members of the public to drive.
On August 31, the City will LiveStream on it's Facebook Page, Channel 21 and at YouTube.com/MyDetroit/Cable)
Mayor Mike Duggan will speak at 8:30 a.m. at the foot of the bridge to Belle Isle. At 8:45 a.m., he will call for the ringing of bells on the island and across the city. Detroiters across the region – families, businesses, churches, neighbors – are asked to ring bells for 15 minutes to honor the victims and signal the beginning of the drive.
The Memorial Drive is possible only because family members agreed not to leave their cars, thus abiding by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s mandate against social gathering. Families can return on Tuesday and Wednesday. to take photos with the billboards or place memorabilia near the photos.
FORD FIREWORKS ON TV ON AUG. 31: NO DOWNTOWN VIEWING
At 4 p.m., after the final procession, all mourners and all Detroiters are asked to head home to watch The Ford Fireworks on WDIV Local 4. There will be no in-person viewing of the fireworks this year, as they will be shot off at least 20 miles away from Detroit.