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December 10, 2016
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Let freedom ring

The 143rd New York Volunteer Infantry re-enactors were on hand and paying their respects during the invocation at Veteran’s Park in the Town of Fremont before the Memorial Day Parade got underway.

On Monday, I strolled into town to observe the 129th Memorial Day Parade in the Town of Fremont. Steeped in history, I learned that the town’s first parade took place in 1884, honoring veterans of the Civil War. My personal connection to patriotism has been magnified by life in the region, and I was thrilled to be among those honoring the event “dedicated to all those Americans who were POWs or MIAs in all our wars or conflicts” and acknowledging that the day is more than an excuse for a cookout. The memorial service, benediction and a flag folding ceremony honoring the family of Raymond Oestrich (Missing in Action from WWII) were all moving and the roster of parade supporters is staggering. To view photos of the cavalcade, go to www.facebook.com/theriverreporter and tag your friends. Above all, these holidays are a perfect example to remember the real reason we celebrate—freedom. It’s not just another word.