Memorial Day in Stow
Stow continued its annual tradition of celebrating Memorial Day with a parade and ceremony. Commander Jeff Lance USN (Ret.) led the parade and ceremonies with the attendance and participation of hundreds of Stow citizens. Lance began his remarks at Brookside Cemetery by telling of his participation in the assembly held at the new Center School with the 4th grade chorus and speeches by the assistant principal and two veterans (including Lance). The participation of children and young adults makes the festivities special, and promises a long future. Pompo 1st graders grew marigolds in school, marched in the parade, and placed them at the gravestones of veterans. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts refreshed the grave flags. High school students played patriotic songs in the marching band. And 8th grader Thomas Bunnell recited the Gettysburg Address. The ceremony itself is quite moving. The names of all of Stow's fallen veterans from all wars are read along with laying of the wreaths, playing of Taps, volley by the Stow Minutemen, and this year a volunteer chorus singing the benediction. After the ceremony at the cemetery, the parade marches to the Randall Library for the National Moment of Silence at 3PM and an address by our State Representative, Kate Hogan. Congratulations to all of Stow for honoring the brave men and women who fought to defend our liberty!
Related post: Memorial Day (May 25, 2009)