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L'pool's Parade Steps off at 9 a.m Monday

During Memorial Day observances across the country this weekend, millions of Americans will pause to remember those who gave their lives in U.S. war efforts.

Liverpool's annual Memorial Day Parade, hosted by American Legion Post 188, begins after a 9 a.m. service at Johnson Park, on Monday, May 31.

U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei (D-25th District) will be guest speaker at the 9 a.m. ceremonies at the park.

The freshman congressman considers himself an advocate for American veterans.

After Monday morning's speeches, student awards and a roll call of veterans who have died over the past year, the parade will form on Second Street. Led by a Liverpool Police cruiser, marchers will head east toward Memorial Park, which features a World War II-era cannon.

Then paraders will march west on Oswego Street and north on Tulip Street as they make their way toward Liverpool Cemetery, at Fifth and Tulip streets.

At the cemetery "Taps" will be intoned and a firing squad will salute the heroes with a volley of shots, according to Post 188 member Fred Wyker, a World War II veteran who's marking his 31st year as general chairman of Liverpool's Memorial Day observance.

Longtime Parade Marshal Garrey Curry, a Vietnam vet, will coordinate the parade from his seat atop a golf cart.

Curry has served as parade marshal for more than a quarter-century.

To get involved, call Curry at 451-1558, or Wyker at 457-5468.

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