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Memorial Day parade honors fallen veterans


Christopher Andersson

American Legion members from Arlington carry the American flag, the Veterans of Foreign War flag and the POW-MIA flag while walking in the annual Arlington Memorial Day parade on May 30.

To pay respects to America's fallen military members the American Legion Post 76 in Arlington held their annual Memorial Day parade on May 30.

The parade brought groups from the American Legion, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts down Olympic Avenue to pay respects to those who passed away while in service to the country's military.

Stacy Peterson, a member of the American Legion auxiliary unit in Arlington, said that the parade is meant to honor the veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

"It's to acknowledge the fact that we have fallen veterans from this country who we have to remember," she said.

"We pay tribute to all those military personnel who died while protecting this country," said POW/MIA Chairman Marty Cress, an American Legion member and one of the parade participants. "They've sacrificed their lives for us."

Parade spectator and Arlington High School teacher Ashleigh Beard said that Memorial Day is about "remembering those who have sacrificed and given their lives, and being respectful of that."

"I think it's important to support [the parade] and it's part of this small town," she said.

"I just like to support the community and Memorial Day. I'm a high school teacher so I like to watch the band, too," she said.

Cress said the parade helps Arlington remember what Memorial Day is supposed to be about.

"It gives a reminder to the Arlington community that Memorial Day is not just about a three-day weekend and BBQ and buying crap," he said. "It just irritates me when I see all the ads that say 'buy this or buy that' on Memorial Day, that's not what Memorial Day is about."

Christopher Andersson

Local scouts from Boys Scouts of America Pack 92 from Arlington march down Olympic Avenue carrying flags as part of the annual Arlington Memorial Day parade on May 30.

Peterson said her father and husband are both veterans, but they both returned home. She said the biggest sacrifice is from the ones that don't come back and she is glad that families come to the parade so that they can pass down that lesson.

"It's great that a lot of the families are teaching their children this same thing," she said.

Local Boy Scout troops and American Legion members also lined the Arlington Cemetery with flags for their annual "Avenue of Flags."

Each flag has the tags of a fallen soldier, said Peterson. She also wanted to thank the work of Legion member David DeLancy and others for their preparation work cleaning out the flag poles.

"That's a lot of work because they get dirty through the year while not being used," she said.

A ceremony was also held at the Arlington Cemetery on May 30.

Cress said that Arlington is a good town for military veterans.

"The town really appreciates the military and all they have done for this town," he said.


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