Sunday saw us take part in our town’s Memorial Day Parade; one of the many community events held throughout the year. The boys were keen to walk with their classmates, so we headed into town to join in.
Memorial Day, which is the last Monday in May, remembers all the men and women who have died while serving in the US armed forces. It was wonderful to see the town turning out to mark the day; as always the strong sense of community spirit was very evident. This was the first time that we had taken part in the parade; all the local schools were represented, there was a traditional Fifes and Drums group, along with a brass band, the High School band and bagpipes! This was in addition to representatives from the army, fire service and police. The main street was lined with people watching.
My husband joined the 7yo and his school group while I stayed with the 5yo and his classmates, keeping the wee girl with me (and finally persuading her to take a nap in the buggy just as the parade started!).
The 5yo briefly helped carry his school banner, before letting two of his classmates take over the hard work; and a wonderful job they did too! He did help out again, right at the end, this was apparently enough for him to have done his bit :)
There was a wonderful atmosphere as we walked down Main Street and the boys definitely enjoyed taking part. The 5yo waved his flag and played with his clapping hands toy; snaffling the sweets that were being thrown to the onlookers whenever he thought I wasn’t looking!
Despite the forecast being for grey skies and showers, it turned out to be a beautiful sunny afternoon, which took us all by surprise (and left us minus hats and sun cream!). Thankfully the stroll through town wasn’t too long…
I’m glad we made the effort to take part in the parade, rather than just watch. The boys enjoyed it and it is good for them to join their classmates at events like this. And, it helps make all of us feel that we are part of the community.