Liverpool residents gathered Monday at Johnson Park for the annual Memorial Day Parade. Lost loved ones were remembered and those who have served and are serving-were honored. The parade was hosted by the American legion Post 188.
"Thank you for being here, enjoy the day, hug a vet," said village trustee Dennis Hebert, as the ceremony took under way.
Moments of silence and celebration filled the air as American Legion member Commander Ken Palmer started presenting awards and thanks to fellow members, Liverpool students and veterans at the opening
Palmer, along with Commander Roger Crain and Commander Fred Wyker, took a special moment in the middle of the ceremony to list all the names of more than 70 service men and women, all former residents of Liverpool, who lost their lives in battle.
Palmer also presented community service awards to Honorary James Keib for rebuilding Civil War gravestones in the Liverpool cemetery, which has been an ongoing projects for about three years now. Palmer said he was very impressed with the hard work and dedication Keib has put into the project, which will help remember the soldiers who fought and died for our freedom.
"He's [Keib] a tremendous gentleman, and the job that he's done is fantastic," said Palmer. "They've been into the project for three to fouryears, and aren't finished."
Palmer presented the same community service award to American Legion member Fred Wyker. American Legion member, Kenneth Sprague, was also brought to the stage to be honored for his 50 years of service to the American Legion. Palmer said he was very pleased with the ceremony, the community support and the weather.
"Very good turnout," said Palmer. "The community is very supportive of the legion."
The ceremony closed with a crowd-pleasing rendition of "God Bless American," by soloist Marcy Grundner and accompanist Barbara Harsh