MILFORD — Residents of Milford lined the streets of town Monday morning to witness the 2016 edition of the town’s annual Memorial Day parade.
Stepping off from the corner of Main and Emeline streets, the parade route continued north on Main Street to the delight of those anxiously awaiting the procession.
Led by police vehicles representing several area jurisdictions, the Color Guard and Honor Guard from American Legion Post 226 paused in front of Milford Town Hall for a prayer by Post Chaplain Bob Geiger and a short presentation led by Post Commander Stan Stump, who reflected upon the true purpose of Memorial Day as a time to remember those who served and died for our country. Stump’s words were followed by a 21-gun salute by the honor guard and the playing of Taps.
Once the parade continued, entries representing various fire departments, local organizations, clubs and businesses delighted the crowd. Perhaps the most notable, however, was the Legion’s float, which carried military veterans representing several generations who received boisterous rounds of applause from the gathered people in appreciation for their service and sacrifice.
Following the parade, many people gathered at the Milford Cemetery for a short memorial ceremony, led by Stump, Geiger and Bob Brown. Members of the Milford Middle School Band played the Star Spangled Banner after the presentation of colors by the American Legion Color Guard.