Medina shows patriotic spirit on Memorial Day

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 May 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – Rick Forder, a member of the VFW in Medina, carries the American flag down Main Street during the parade today.

Gary Hill hands an American flag to Torry Dames, 4, of Medina. Hill and other members of the Sons of the American Legion handed out hundreds of flags today some people were in a patriotic mood for the parade.

Boy Scouts joined veterans and other service organizations and community groups in the parade today.

Abbigail Smith, 1, of Middleport watches the parade with her father, Johnathan Smith of Middleport.

The color guard performs with the Medina Mustang Marching Band on Main Street today.

The band makes its way down Main Street on a parade route that ended at State Street Park.

The band has about 130 members.

The band stays in position during today’s Memorial Day parade.

A long lineup of community participants joined in the parade, shown here on East Center Street.

A Medina Little Leaguer tosses candy to a spectator along the parade route.

Jack Hill and other members of the Medina FFA were part of the parade today.

Stan Thurber addresses the group at State Street Park. He gives a special shout out to all the Marines in attendance before leading the group in an opening prayer.

Thomas J. Walders, a member of the Medina VFW, plays “Taps” with the Honor Guard at the conclusion of today’s Memorial Day service at the park.

County Legislator Lynne Johnson and State Assemblyman Steve Hawley both spoke at the service. Tristan Sanders, a Boys State representative from Medina, also addressed the crowd.