West Haven holds Memorial Day ceremony following parade cancellation

Cheryl Sanders
May 31, 2017

Dearborn's 93rd Annual Memorial Day Parade again honored all who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to the country.

Organizers believe the popularity of the parade has gone down in recent years, because children aren't learning what Memorial Day is truly about.

"I like that every year we come and see lots of different things", said her daughter, 7-year-old Lily Salk.

District 203 and 204 schools performed patriotic music along the route, along with many other organizations that walked through the parade. After the parade the family was going to go out to the parks. Craig said he works for ABC Supply Co. and always likes coming to Beloit for Memorial Day.

Leading the parade was Grand Marshal Rear Admiral June Ryan, along with several honored guests representing women in the military and past and present veterans of the year. Debbie Stabenow, who said she was honored to pay tribute to all fallen soldiers and to be able to introduce Ryan.

Michelle Walburger of Nashua, right, and Mary Luckers of Manchester, were prepared for the rainy-day parade with blankets, umbrellas and flags.

It was Volkens first time organizing the event, so the parade started 30 minutes late because streets weren't shut down in time.

"The cost of freedom is something most of us don't know first-hand", said Township of Union Mayor Suzette Cavadas.

She also talked about the uniqueness of the oath that US military take compared to the oath of other nations.

"My whole family is veterans and I am, as well", he said. This year, April Salk said her son would be marching with his karate studio, PKSA Karate.

Volkens also thanked all of the veterans' groups who stepped in at the last minute to help save the Memorial Day parade.

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