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Photos by Tom Rivers: The first float in Medina’s Parade of Lights carried a 1,500 bronze statue that is a memorial to the 550 local soldiers who trained at the former Medina Armory and fought in wars on behalf of the United States. The soldiers enlisted and trained at the Medina Armory for conflicts from 1898 to 1945 including the Spanish-American War, Mexican-American, World War I and World War II.

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