Memorial Day 2018

U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Headlines Lawrenceville Parade

Joe DeStio
May 28, 2018 - 2:59 pm
The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard lead the way as Pittsburgh’s Memorial Day Parade made its way down Butler Street in Lawrenceville.

Joe DeStio

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard lead the way as Pittsburgh’s Memorial Day Parade made its way down Butler Street in Lawrenceville. One of the oldest Memorial Day parades in the nation, this year’s parade included more than 65 groups. Marching or riding were Pittsburgh police, firefighters, veterans organizations, Quilts of Valor, Shriners clowns, even the Pirates’ Pierogis and the Penguins’ Iceberg.

For older vets like Tom Gorham of Millvale it was a moving experience. “We’ve always come to the parade. We always support the vets. I’m a vet. (I) bring my grandson,” he said, stopping with emotion.

Flo Henderson of Fox Chapel said, “It’s so meaningful. I’m sorry, I’m getting tears. Just to see these people marching and what they did for our country.”

After the parade many made their way into Allegheny Cemetery for a remembrance ceremony. A wreath was placed in front of the Soldiers’ Memorial looking over scores of Civil War graves, each marked with an American flag.

Dozens of parades and ceremonies marked Memorial Day again this year in communities from Aspinwall to Zelienople.