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Mid-Michigan Memorial Day parade honors fallen soldiers

Posted: 10:35 PM, May 26, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-27 02:35:21Z

LANSING, Mich. (WSYM) - While Memorial Day is celebrated with trips, campfires, and grilling out. One local community isn't forgetting the true meaning of what the day is all about. FOX 47's Marcus Dash takes us to Grand Ledge for the city's Memorial Day parade.

It's Saturday morning and the streets are packed to honor the veterans in Grand Ledge for their annual Memorial Day parade. 
Longtime Grand Ledge resident Cynthia Halsted says it brings the community together.

"It brings all of the people out and honors the veterans that have given their lives for our country, as well as all the current veterans that are still here," said Cynthia Halsted.

The most touching moment this parade offers is when Gold Star mothers drop a wreath in the river to honor veterans who died at sea.
Veteran James Voltattorni says traditions like this teaches younger generations in attendance that Memorial Day is more than just a three day weekend.

"They have to understand what this holiday is for its respect and appreciation for all the people who gave their lives for this country and all the people that have served, and all the people that are serving now," said James Voltattorni.

One of those from the younger generation is Eric Wood. He has been riding a unicycle in the parade since he was a little kid. He says growing up in this parade has taught him to be thankful for everything this country has given him. That's only a part of why he loves the parade so much.

"I love seeing the red, white, and blue. I love listening to the marching band," said Eric Wood.

Veteran Voltattorni says people should enjoy the good food and the good times with your family this holiday weekend, but not to forget the ones who gave their lives for you to celebrate.