After a brief early morning rain, the sky turned from grey to blue Monday as New Rochelle celebrated its fourth annual Memorial Day Parade.
This year the theme of the parade was “We Remember” with veterans from World War II, the Korean War, Iraq and Afghanistan and most importantly the veterans from the Vietnam War.
The parade was organized by the United Veterans Memorial and Patriotic Association of New Rochelle and sponsored by .
“It is a thank you that is long overdue,” Mayor Noam Bramson told the New Rochelle Patch adding, “It really is a testament to the organizers who have done so much to get the parade out of its dormant state into what it is today.”
Parade Coordinator Peter Parente lead the festivities which included Marines and asailors and members of all military branches taking time off from Fleet Week to march along the streets of New Rochelle. Members of the New Rochelle police and fire departments marched behind their military brethren.
North Avenue was flooded with the sounds of the New Rochelle High School Marching Band and the velvety tones of the USO “Liberty Bells,” who also performed at the festivities at Hudson Park after the parade.
Daisies, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and students from and Columbus Elementary School rounded out the parade line that began its procession at Memorial Plaza made its way down North Avenue and ended at Hudson Park.
A 21-gun salute and the playing of “Taps” by Staff Sergeant Kenneth Barnes and Barbara Granata of the Westchester Brassmen preceded a wreath being thrown into the Long Island Sound honoring those lost at sea.
After the remembrance ceremonies concluded, children and adults were treated to music from the United States Military Academy at West Point's Jazz Knights and access to military vehicles and personnel.
Residents were even treated to a visit to a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter that landed in the lower parking lot of Hudson Park.