The weather was perfect, and event organizers were pleased with the turn-out, but the one thing veterans and military families wanted more than anything was for everyone to follow the parade route down to the Orange Center Cemetery for what is considered the most important part of the day, a brief ceremony honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
This year saw perhaps the biggest crowd to ever attend this ceremony. Highlights included laying memorial wreaths at the stone of the unknown soldier, a “21” gun salute, bagpipers playing “Amazing Grace” and Amity High Student Eli Baum playing Taps.
If you missed the Cemetery Ceremony, keep in mind that Memorial Day honors of those who died protecting our freedom. Make it a point to stay around after the parade next year and spend 10 extra minutes at this solemn event to honor those who gave their all for us.