The threat of rain couldn’t keep folks from a Memorial Day tradition in downtown Bangor.
They filled the streets for the annual parade.
As Joy Hollowell reports, for many, this is a family affair.
The sun came out just as Bangor’s Memorial Day parade began. A fitting tribute to honor the spirit of those lost.
“I come out because of all the soldiers that can’t,” says Blake Manz, Desert Storm Veteran. “That’s the reason why I’m here. I don’t do it for myself, we don’t do it for ourselves.”
For the past five years, Manz has invited his goddaughter 12-year old Vicktorya, to march beside him. Manz says it’s important to pass on the respect and honor that comes with this holiday.
“It’s kind of fun to be in it and watch them cheer for the people that have died,” says Vicktorya.
Christopher Larson is an Iraqi Freedom Veteran. He brought along his six year old son, Nathan.
“He represents my future and thus the future of the country,” says Larson. “I just want him to be with me. I couldn’t think of a better person to walk beside me other than my wife.”
Rememering the true meaning of Memorial Day was also on the minds of the Ouellette family. Nathan and his wife Elaine came decked out in patriotic gear along with their three children.
“Thank you,” says 5 year old Aiden Ouellette, reading from the homemade sign he made.
When asked who he was thanking, Aiden replied, “the troops.”
“We just want to let them keep learning and bring them to these parades and let them know that it’s not just a day off from school,” says Elaine Oullette. “It’s a day off from school for a reason. And that reason is very important to us.”