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Parade Marchers to Salute Those Who Serve

The most festive event at Celebrate Commemorate is always the Freedom Parade on Saturday. In a Salute to Those Who Serve, marchers in this year’s Freedom Parade will honor men, women and young people who make our community a better place. Representatives of community groups have been invited to carry their flags at the head of the parade. The parade will step off at 11 a.m. from Clark Street for the march down Main Street to Lafayette Park. All are welcome. Call Kaaren Gerlach at 315 539 2927 to sign up! As a special treat, the Midlakes Intermediate School chorus and the Waterloo LaFayette School chorus will join to sing patriotic songs at the reviewing stand in front of the Village Office at 10:45 and then hurry to join the line of march. The parade will be led by the Waterloo VFW American Legion color guard and the Patriot Guard riders. It will feature youth groups, church floats, marching groups, political leaders, antique tractors, Woodie cars, and others. This year’s parade will feature two past US Presidents! Resident Teddy Roosevelt will accompany Welles Award winner Louis LeBrun. President Abe Lincoln will lead a group of Civil War reenactors. Among the featured music groups will be The Hit Men from Rochester, back by popular demand. The Hit Men are a group of good fellas who come together from all parts of the New York area. They provide a performance that combines both the musical and the theatrical. Their show stopping demeanor means they provide the best entertainment around. Their antics enliven the parade route. They will perform a mini concert at the Main Street-Virginia Street intersection. Topping off the musical groups will be the Waterloo High School marching band and the 5th and 6th grade band. School children are invited to bring their pets and join the lineup. Neighborhoods are welcome to ride their decorated bicycles. A unique feature of the parade this year will be a “parade within the parade” as Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes presents “Walk a Mile in her Shoes.” Men are urged to don women’s shoes to make the one-mile trek to salute those who work to overcome gender violence. The 11th annual Celebrate Commemorate event will be held May 28-30 in Waterloo, the Birthplace of Memorial Day. The 144th consecutive commemoration of Memorial Day will be on Sunday, May 30. It will include breakfasts, prayer services, and an evening parade, coordinated by the American Legion.

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