WATERLOO - Have you ever seen a marching cow? Muranda Angeline, a registered Holstein heifer from Muranda Farms will join the lineup at this year’s Celebrate Commemorate parade on Saturday, May 25. There’s nothing cheesy about this classy bovine. Angeline will be decked out in patriotic red, white and blue to pay tribute to those who have defended our freedom, especially the Korean War vets, said her owner, Tom Murray.
She’s not the only one coming to the Birthplace of Memorial Day to honor our military. The parade is dedicated to the men and women who served in the Korean Conflict, but the line of march will feature representatives of military groups from the American Revolution to Vietnam.
The Sons of the American Revolution will be there again this year joining the Daughters of the American Revolution and Children of the American Revolution (CAR) in a three-society delegation, said Mike Tunison, member of the Board of Managers, Rochester Chapter SAR
“Last year we had more than 60 marchers in total for our three-society group, and this year we are expecting even more,” he said.
The group will also be joined by a four-person Revolutionary War Fife & Drum Corps and will be flying more than 20 flags of the Revolution and several other society flags and banners as they march along, he added.
The DAR is planning to again have a float drawn by a pick-up truck so those unable to march can also take part.
This year, for the first time, a delegation from the Buffalo Chapter SAR is expected to join the parade. Last year SAR members representing the Rochester Chapter, Finger Lakes Chapter, Syracuse Chapter, Binghamton Chapter, and Newtown Battle Chapter all participated.
“We consider this parade to be one of our most important events of the year, and we really look forward to taking part,” said Tunison.
The Upstate New York Vietnam Reenactors Group is making its first appearance in the Celebrate parade. The members dress in authentic and replica gear and uniforms of a platoon of soldiers, and carry fake M-16's or other weapons that were used in the Vietnam War, said Tim Sturm, Marching Unit Commander. He will drive his replica Vietnam era military Jeep which includes a fake .50 caliber machine gun on top.
“We're made up of Vietnam in country and era vets and Veterans who served in the United States Armed forces. We march to honor the over 58,000 men and women who gave their lives during the war,” Sturm said.
Other groups – and animals - are welcome to participate. The parade will line up at 10:30 a.m. and march at 11 down Main Street to Lafayette Park. Contact parade co-chair Kaaren Gerlach at 315-539-2927 or 315-651-7726 to sign up.
The 14th annual Celebrate Commemorate event will be held May 24-27 in Waterloo, the Birthplace of Memorial Day. For more information about the events, go to www.waterloony.com.
The 147th consecutive commemoration of Memorial Day will be on Thursday, May 30. It will include prayer services, and the official Memorial Day parade at 6 pm.
Last Years Waterloo Memorial Day Parade