Community celebrates Memorial Day

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 May 2013 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers – Joe Gehl, second from right, and other veterans march along Main Street in Albion for today’s Memorial Day parade.

Eli Pask, a Scout in Pack 175 in West Barre, carries the flag down Main Street with other scouts in today’s parade.

The Knights of Columbus were new to the Memorial Day parade in Albion, part of the group’s effort to increase its visibility in the community. The K of C members who marched include, from left: Grand Knight Steve Karas, Alan Worgo, Pino Aldaco and Deputy Grand Knight Bob Ballard.

Allen Sanford and the drum line in the Albion Marching Band work their way down Main Street in today’s parade.

ALBION – Veterans, Scouts, firefighters and the Albion Marching Band all marched down Main Street and East Avenue to mark Memorial Day.

The parade ended in front of the middle school. Rocco Sidari, a 69-year member of the American Legion, was recognized at the service. Village Trustee Eileen Banker and County Legislator Don Allport also addressed the crowd.

Holley, Lyndonville and Medina also had parades and ceremonies today.

The flag is raised to start a Memorial Day service in Albion outside the middle school. The group includes, form left, Phil Warne of the American Legion, VFW commander Mark Roberts and Legion commander Doreen Capstick.

Joyce LaLonde, an Albion senior who won the county’s American Legion oratorical contest, reads the Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln. Phil Warne, a member of the Legion, served as master of ceremonies for a service outside the middle school.