continued The whole parade is organized by “a handful of people” in the American Legion and VFW, Laxton said. Prior to the parade, a 7:45 a.m. ceremony is held at Town Hall with a 21 gun salute and officers from the fire departments, police departments and politicians. A second ceremony is held in the village following the parade.
“The whole meaning of the parade is expressed [in these ceremonies],” Laxton said.
The parade draws from most of Onondaga County, and has made its name for being one of the biggest parades in the area, Laxton said.
“It’s all about being an American,” he said. “We can never forget. We must never forget. It’s one of those things that makes us strong as a people. Keeps us united. [Remembering soldiers] is your duty as an American. As a patriotic American.”