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Harrison Memorial Day Parade Rumbles Down Halstead

The weather called for rain, but the people of Harrison disregarded the threat and lined Halstead Avenue to honor American veterans at the town's annual Memorial Day parade. They were rewarded with a cloudles sky, as residents, veterans, and Harrison officials marched downtown to the sounds of sirens, applause, and music provided by local marching bands.

Town Councilwoman Marlane Amelio said she joined her fellow Harrison natives to honor and participate.

"I'm happy to be involved in thanking the people in uniform," she said. "Especially at a time like now, it has become so important to show your thanks."

Amelio comes from a military family, with her father having devoted time in a military academy, and her husband having served in Vietnam.

The parade started at Thatcher and Halstead avenues at 10 a.m. Monday, and ended at Ma Riis Park with a ceremony. Residents lined the streets surrounding the Harrison Public Library and train station, many in the shade to avoid the sun, to watch.

Harrison police stood at ease while veterans marched across, and people waved American flags along the streets. Harrison High School's marching band led much of the marching with their booming routines.

"Things like this make me proud to be in this country," Maureen Vivolo said. "I wish the parade was longer so we could enjoy the music some more."

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