Veterans Events Committee

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Ruck 22 March

March, run, or walk a 2.2-mile course with 22 items or 22 pounds of non-perishable food or personal items for vets in need.

What is a Ruck March?

A ruck march involves walking at a fast clip with a weighted backpack. In the Armed Forces, participants carry at least 45 lbs. in their ruck, in addition to all their military gear.

For this event we ask participants to march/walk a 2.2-mile course while carrying 22 pounds or 22 food or personal items.

Ruck 22

Why 22?

Every day 22 veterans commit suicide in the United States. We carry '22' to show our support for veterans in crisis or need and their families.

All personal items and food collected will be donated to the Vietnam  Veterans of America Chapter 154 Food Pantry to be used to support veterans and their families.  All monies will be donated to local organizations that support vets in need.

Entry fee is $22 for adults; FREE for active and retired military and children 10 and under.

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What should you put in your ruck or back pack?

The following items are regularly needed*:

Peanut butter

Canned soup 

Canned pasta (Beefaroni, SpaghettiOs etc.)

Canned fruit

Canned vegetables

Canned stew

Canned fish/Tuna in pouches

Canned beans


Brown rice

Toothpaste / Toothbrushes

Feminine hygiene products


Baby clothes 

Baby supplies


Adult socks

Adult underwear

Books / Toys

Clean, well-maintained cold weather clothing

*Canned goods with 'easy open pull rings' preferred.

Please do not bring perishable food items, anything that needs to be refrigerated, homemade/baked goods, produce or items that have exceeded their expiration date.

To date the annual Ruck 22 March has raised nearly $12,000 for Vets suffering with mental health issues. In addition, thousands of pounds of food, clothing and household items were donated to the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154 to help those in need.

In 2021, more than $3,600 in donations were collected for the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center to provide mental health resources to Veterans. See photos of the 2021 Ruck March.

Veterans Day

Join us in honoring veterans on Nov. 11 at 11:00 am at the Royal Oak Veterans War Memorial in Centennial Commons.

Memorial Day Parade

Parade Overview

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 the 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 Judy Davids at 248-246-3201.

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