A day to remember

Times Leader staff
Members of the Black Diamond American Legion Post 395 and Ladies Auxiliary salute as they pass the post in Kington during the Kingston/Forty Fort Memorial Day parade on Monday. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
U.S. Navy veteran Derbert Dilsworth, left, waves to the crowd with others from the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center in the Kingston/Forty Fort Memorial Day parade on Monday. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Members of the U.S. Marine Corps carry the colors to lead the Kingston/Forty Fort Memorial Day parade on Monday. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Michelle Wilson, of Kingston, center, cheers in her patriotic attire from her seat in front of the Black Diamond American Legion Post 395 on Wyoming Avenue in Kingston during the Kingston/Forty Fort Memorial Day parade on Monday. - - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Helen Sartin, of Kingston, cheers as the Wyoming Valley West High School Marching Band moves along Wyoming Avenue during the Kingston/Forty Fort Memorial Day parade on Monday. - - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

KINGSTON – Veterans, Boy Scout Troops and Little League teams took to Wyoming Avenue on Monday to honor those that made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the country.

The annual Kingston/Forty Fort Memorial Day parade rolled out promptly as scheduled.

It followed 38th annual Old Fort 5-Miler which drew a field of more than 460 and a slew of spectators.

The parade itself was filled with all the makings of a Memorial Day parade. In addition to the veterans and Scouts, area fire departments showed off their trucks, the Irem Temple Shriners brought a host of entertainers, and, of course, there was plenty of candy for the children who line the route.

The run and parade have become a Memorial Day tradition on the West Side, but it’s certainly not the only holiday tradition in the Wyoming Valley.

On the other side of the Susquehanna River, the borough of Ashley honored the nation’s fallen with a parade of its own.

“Pay respect to all of the veterans who gave their lives … and devoted service to the country to make us what we are today, a free country and which I hope will be that way forever,” Ronald Antolick, a veteran from Drums, told the Times Leader’s news gathering partner FOX 56.

It was the borough’s 136th annual Memorial day parade – one of the longest running ones in the country, according to officials.

But for Marie Heckman, it’s not all about watching the people marching.

“Memorial Day is a time for you to reflect and honor all of those that did serve,” the Mountain Top resident told FOX 56. “No matter where they’re from, race, color, creed, doesn’t matter. They all gave their lives so that we could have the freedoms that we have today and be a part of America, make it better.”

Members of the Black Diamond American Legion Post 395 and Ladies Auxiliary salute as they pass the post in Kington during the Kingston/Forty Fort Memorial Day parade on Monday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_TTL052918KingstonFFParade_5.jpgMembers of the Black Diamond American Legion Post 395 and Ladies Auxiliary salute as they pass the post in Kington during the Kingston/Forty Fort Memorial Day parade on Monday. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

U.S. Navy veteran Derbert Dilsworth, left, waves to the crowd with others from the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center in the Kingston/Forty Fort Memorial Day parade on Monday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_TTL052918KingstonFFParade_4.jpgU.S. Navy veteran Derbert Dilsworth, left, waves to the crowd with others from the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center in the Kingston/Forty Fort Memorial Day parade on Monday. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Members of the U.S. Marine Corps carry the colors to lead the Kingston/Forty Fort Memorial Day parade on Monday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_TTL052918KingstonFFParade_3.jpgMembers of the U.S. Marine Corps carry the colors to lead the Kingston/Forty Fort Memorial Day parade on Monday. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Michelle Wilson, of Kingston, center, cheers in her patriotic attire from her seat in front of the Black Diamond American Legion Post 395 on Wyoming Avenue in Kingston during the Kingston/Forty Fort Memorial Day parade on Monday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_TTL052918KingstonFFParade_2.jpgMichelle Wilson, of Kingston, center, cheers in her patriotic attire from her seat in front of the Black Diamond American Legion Post 395 on Wyoming Avenue in Kingston during the Kingston/Forty Fort Memorial Day parade on Monday. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Helen Sartin, of Kingston, cheers as the Wyoming Valley West High School Marching Band moves along Wyoming Avenue during the Kingston/Forty Fort Memorial Day parade on Monday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_TTL052918KingstonFFParade_1.jpgHelen Sartin, of Kingston, cheers as the Wyoming Valley West High School Marching Band moves along Wyoming Avenue during the Kingston/Forty Fort Memorial Day parade on Monday. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Parades mark Memorial Day

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