Washington honors fallen troops with parade and memorial service



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In Washington, the community paid their respects to fallen heroes with a parade.

Families gathered to cheer on and salute the veterans and their loved ones as they cruised down North Main street and West Jefferson street, ending at Glendale Cemetery.

After the parade, an honor guard led a somber ceremony recognizing those who gave all in service of the country.

For many local veterans, the ceremony was heavy with emotional memories of friends loss.

“Tt’s people that we’ll never get back and you’re never going to have a conversation with them ever again,” said veteran and post commander of Washington Veterans and Foreign Wars 9016 Dan Semlow. “You just want to remember the good times. remember how they were when they were hanging out with you or going to a party or going to an event.”

Semlow said the love and support from the community has helped him cope with the loss.

“Remember when you see a veteran and you come up and you thank them for their service, it really means a lot.”

For Semlow, he’s always aware of the friends he lost, but on Memorial Day– he is able to remember them and honor their sacrifice.

“You do miss them, but you can’t mourn them 365 days a year, because you have to live,” Semlow said.

This year’s service had special meaning for the community as well.
Washington mayor Gary Manier said it was important to acknowledge those who died in combat after being unable to during the pandemic last year.

“Everybody is so grateful for our service men and women that have served and obviously those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice,” Manier said. “Glad to do what were doing.”

Three brothers who are World War II veterans were honored for their service.

Harold and Lester Roth are 97 and 104 years old.

A third brother, Oscar, died in 1951 after serving in the army in North Korea.

Semlow said the best way for people to honor those who died serving the country on Memorial Day is to educate themselves on the day and support those who lost loved ones in service.

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