From coast to coast, communities spent Monday remembering those who died in service to the country.
Loeta and Gerry Derby said there’s something special about the Memorial Day Parade in Meadville that keeps them coming back every year.
“We enjoy seeing people. We like the music. We enjoy the parade. We like the music,” said Loeta, a Meadville resident.
They’re just two of the hundreds of people who watch the festivities from the sidewalk along downtown Meadville, but for the Derby’s this event is about more than the celebrations.
Gerry is a veteran himself.
“I served in Korea and I seen quite a bit over there so I remember that,” said Gerry.
Community members told us this event is a longstanding tradition to pass from one generation to the next.
“I just like that hometown feel really and everybody comes together and they do a really good job organizing it too so it’s nice,” said Stacy Richter, a Meadville resident.
Richter said she’s been going to the parade for as long as she can remember and now she’s brining her daughter Peighton, sending a message at a young age that freedom comes after sacrifice.
That’s a sentiment shared by Meadville Mayor LeRoy Stearns.
“I’m very proud of Meadville because we’re a very close community. Every community has its issues, but they all turn out in very much support of the city and especially our vets,” said Stearns.
While each year the parade sees a few changes, it’s meaning stays the same through the decades.