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Arlington's Memorial Day parade honors fallen veterans


Christopher Andersson

American Legion Post 76's annual Memorial Day parade marched down Arlington's Olympic Avenue on May 29 to honor those who served the U.S. Armed Forces and have passed away.

Members of the local American Legion Post led the parade, along with a local Boy Scout troop, as well as members of local fire districts and the Arlington Fire Department.

A number of different veterans groups and other local organizations also participated in the parade.

David V. Delancy, Sergeant-in-Arms at the American Legion Post 76, said that the post holds the parade every year to honor fallen veterans who weren't able to come back home.

WWII veteran and local resident Jack Blair said he was one of the fortunate ones.

"Memorial Day means I got out of the service," he said. Blair was in the Navy during the war aboard a carrier vessel.

He said it was good to spend the day by the parade route and he comes out to support the American Legion Post.

"I belong to the [American] Legion and they put it on, so you got to stand by them," he said.

Local Mark Yoney said that he comes out for the parade to help "honor the veterans."

"Some don't come back," he said.

Yoney said he has had family that has served.

Christopher Andersson

The Struble family prepares to watch Arlington's annual Memorial Day parade on May 29. From left, Thomas, Lucas, Ally, Ben (above), Nicholas and Hannah.

"I had an uncle in Korea, three uncles in Vietnam, one just passed a couple of days ago. Memorial Day is just a good way pay back just a tiny little bit," he said.

He said that it is a tradition for his family to come down to the parade.

"We try and make it every year," he said.

Local parents Ally and Ben Struble said that they make sure to attend a Memorial Day event each year.

"This is our family tradition, we've done it every year. I've actually done it every year since I've been little," said Ally Struble.

The Strubles said it is good to show their kids how to pay respects to those who have served.

"We come out to pay our respects on Memorial Day for all those who passed in the great wars, past, present, future," said Ben Struble.

A service was also held at the Arlington Cemetery after the parade was finished as well, including a blessing and salute to the troops.


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