On The Silly Side By Jimmy Del Ponte
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Memorial Day is a solemn occasion - it is a day that we remember the men and women who gave their lives - the ultimate sacrifice - for our country. As we all kept that in mind, we also took time out to celebrate their memory and their honor - let's not forget why we had the parade in the first place.
2.3 miles - that is what someone told me was the distance from City Hall to the reviewing stand at the Veteran's Memorial Cemetery on Clarendon Hill. My day started out with a hello to Grand Marshall - Mr. James O'Donovan. I then marched, and waved with the Somerville Highlander Band, led by Rosemary Sears and Rick Saunders. These two wonderful teachers and mentors did a fabulous job rehearsing and preparing these kids for their big day - for many it was their first parade. This city is very lucky to have such dedicated and talented instructors sharing their talent with our kids. Congratulations also to my son Joey - who played the alto saxophone in his first parade.