When the Memorial Day parade stepped off from the parking lot off Eden Avenue Monday, military veteran Craig Jones couldn't be any more proud to see the community out in full force.
Residents lined the streets as Jones, Color Corps Commander with the Knights of Columbus, led his team of veterans on the near mile-long march to the , a sight that he said made his heart almost skip a beat.
"This is a special day for so many of us who served," Jones said. "To honor the men and woman who have put forth so much and made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, it reaches into your core. I have, we all have a wellness of thanksgiving for what they do for our country."
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The annual parade, which drew over a thousand residents, included organizations from throughout the community as residents used the opportunity to remember fallen soldiers, celebrate living veterans and celebrate the accomplishments of both.
Susan Harris, who attended with her children, said she was "happy to join the celebration" and see her daughter, 7th-grade student Alexandra Harris, share in the spirit of the holiday.
"This is a great community celebration and I really appreciate the way it inspires our children to remember the folks who lost their lives," she said.
The celebration featured bands from , Kennedy and DePaolo middle schools, local girl and boy scout troops, the , politicians, the , the and more.
"I like all of it," said 7-year-old Eileah Berkowitz, whose brother Brandon marched with the Kennedy Middle School marching band. "The whole parade is good."
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