KENNETT SQUARE >> Kennett Square Memorial Day Parade Chairman Bill Taylor has announced that Staff Sgt. Communications Harry F. Brown and Tech Sgt. Gerald Breeden are the parade marshals for 2018. The parade will be held at mid-town on May 28.
Brown, a veteran of the U.S. Army from World War II, enlisted in 1943 and completed basic training in Florida, then basic weapon useage and wire chief training in Missouri and New Jersey. He servd in the English Channel, where his ship was sunk, but men were saved aby another ship. He also served in France and was honorably discharged in 1946, after which he settled in Kennett Square.
Breeden enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1947 and completed boot training in Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Illinois. He served on various aircraft carriers and was dischared in 1950, joining the Naval Reserves. He later served in Pearl Harbor and Korea. In 1953 he enlisted in the U.S. Airforce and was assiged to Keesler Airforce Base in Missouri for electronics Fundamentals School. He also served in Japan, Maryland, Massachusetts and New Mexico, California, Arizona and England. His total service in the Navy and Air Force was 21 years, 11 months and 18 days.
Kennett Square’s traditional Memorial Day Parade honoring local veterans will kick off on Monday, May 28th, at 10 a.m. with over 1,000 participants this parade is the largest in Kennett Square.
Included in the parade are the following:
· Antique Military Vehicles & Convertibles
· Bag Pipers· Fife & Drums· Civil War & Revolutionary War Re-enactors
· Ferko Mummers String Band· Color Guard Groups
· Local High School Bands· Little League Teams
· MummersThe parade ends at the Union Hill Cemetery with a Veterans Memorial Day Service featuring Kennett & Unionville High School Bands opening with the National Anthem, Guest Speaker, 21 Gun Salute from Kennett American Legion Post 491 and Kennett Bucktails Civil War Reenactors
The 20th annual Avon Grove Memorial Day Parade will be held on Saturday, May 26, starting at 9 a.m. at the Avon Grove High School parking lot. All participants will be at the high school by no later than 8 a.m. Schedule of this year’s events include guest speaker Army veteran Vicki Dash-Slesinski, state SEn. Andy Dinniman, state Rep. John Lawrence, West Grove Mayor Steve Black and the Avon Grove High School Marhing Band.
The annual Avon Grove Parade would not be possible without the help of the Avon Grove Lions, the West Grove Fire Company and surrounding fire companies, local boroughs and townships, and local individuals and people in our comminity.
The parade committee is Domenico Ruffini, Hank Detering, Tom Muller, John Ruffini, Vicki Dash-Slesinski. This is a special time to support our veterans and say “Thank You” to the men and women serving all branches of the military.
The Oxford Memorial Day Parade will be Monday, May 28, starting at 10 a.m. It will proceed from South Streeet up third Street to the Oxford Cemetery.