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Arlington honors fallen veterans


Christopher Andersson

Arlington's American Legion Post 76 leads the annual Memorial Day parade down Olympic Avenue on May 28.

The Arlington community gathered around Legion Park, up and down Olympic Avenue, to recognize Memorial Day and watch the Memorial parade on May 28.

The annual parade is put on by the American Legion Post 76 in Arlington.

"It's Memorial Day and basically this is what we do to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom and give us the blessings that we have," said American Legion member Chris Raboin who helped to carry a flag to lead the parade.

American Legion members led the parade with their honor guard and color guard followed by a number of other community groups and organizations, including local Boy Scout troops, Girl Scout troops, the Arlington High School Air Force Junior Reserves Officer Training Corps and the Arlington High School band.

The parade gives locals a place to honor those who have passed while serving in the U.S. military.

"We came down here because we wanted to honor the veterans," said local parent Jami King.

She said that it was "absolutely important" to come down and recognize Memorial Day with her children for the holiday.

Her husband John King said that they have been to the parade a number of times. "We wouldn't miss it," he said.

Raboin said that he appreciates the community coming out.

"This community is really good," he said. "The crowds get bigger and bigger every year."

This year also saw good weather for the parade, which isn't something they've always had.

Christopher Andersson

Local kids Dylan King and Diesel King wave flags and watch Arlington American Legion Post 76's annual Memorial Day parade on May 28.

"It's nice that we finally got some sun. It usually rains a little bit on Memorial Day," said Raboin.

Helping to organize and participating in the parade is another opportunity for Raboin to help recognize his fellow service members, he said.

"It's just a way for me to give back some more," he said.

"This and Veterans Day, because usually I don't work on those days." The American Legion also organizes an annual event for Veterans Day as well.

Memorial Day originally began after the Civil War to recognize those who did not return home after the war.

The holiday has continued and evolved in modern times, but is still meant to remember those who fell in the line of duty.

"It's to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Most of us have served in one capacity or another, but we came back and they didn't, so we need to honor them," said Raboin.


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