WEST GROVE -- The three-day Memorial Day weekend ahead is predicted to bring the folks of southern Chester County pleasant weather and plenty of entertainment.
First and foremost, Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have given their lives in service to the country, but afterward it marks the unofficial start of summer.
With that in mind, local municipalities are serving up parades, services of remembrance and, in one case, fireworks.
West Grove will present its 16th annual Avon Grove Memorial Day parade on Saturday, May 24 starting at 9 a.m. at Avon Grove High School. The marchers will make their way down Prospect Avenue to Evergreen and then to Memorial Park for a ceremony.
The guest speaker will be Fred LaClair of Commandant Marine Corps League. Also there to add some words will be state Sen. Andy Dinniman, state Rep. John Lawrence and West Grove Mayor Steve Black.
Following the ceremony, food and drink will be provided at the West Grove Presbyterian Church and entertainment by Los Festingos.
In Oxford, Jeff D’Ambrosio Chevrolet and Country Chrysler Dodge will present a classic car show, music with local DJs and Fireworks on Friday, May 23 from 5 p.m. until dusk. D’Ambrosio is at 2158 Baltimore Pike in Oxford.
Kennett Square will present its Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 26, at 10 a.m. It will honor three World War II veterans: Ray Kegg, Pat Moran and Dusty Rhodes. There will be lots of antique vehicles, bands, re-enactors and an appearance by the Ferko String Band. The route begins at the high school, marches up Union, turns right on State to Broad Street, then west on State Street. The parade then goes north on Union Street to the cemetery for a service and 21-gun salute.