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Albion parade marks Memorial Day

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 May 2017 at 3:09 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Jenny Johnston marched with the Albion Fire Department during this morning’s Memorial Day Parade.

Her son Jason Johnston was 24 when he was killed on Dec. 26, 2009 in Arghandab, Afghanistan. He died from wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. Spc. Johnston was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Jason was active in the Explorer program through the Albion Fire Department. He is the only Orleans County resident to die in combat in Afghanistan.

Angel Aldaco carries this sign while marching with members of the Knights of Columbus.

Richard Heard, a World War II veteran, was recognized during the parade.

Matt Passarell carries the American flag as part of the honor guard near the beginning of the parade.

Zack Baron carries the flag for Troop 164.

Many Girl Scouts, Brownies and Daisies were part of the parade.

State Assemblyman Steve Hawley, center, marched in the parade with other veterans, including Phil Warne, left, and Earl Schmidt.

Arella Ives and the Albion marching band performed their James Bond – 007 show for the crowd.

Shannon Broda, one of the drum majors, leads the band down Main Street.

The band finishes with a flourish during their performance in the parade.

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