VIDEO: Memorial Day Parade Marches Through Seekonk
Dozens of local groups accompanied Seekonk police and fire in parading down Arcade and Newman Avenues this Memorial Day.
At 10 a.m. on Monday, Seekonk's Memorial Day Parade kicked off at Seekonk High School. A caravan of fire and emergency vehicles, a police color guard, the high school marching band, Seekonk Majorettes, the Seekonk Speedway pace car, and of course, parade grand marshall Bill Soule left the high school a few minutes after the start time.
At a stop on the way, students, scouts, baseball and soccer players joined the march from Aitken Elementary School. The soccer players were a particularly interesting group as they walked juggling between 25 and 50 soccer balls down Newman Avenue.
What had been an austere and dutiful crowd leaving Seekonk High School was laughing and smiling by the time it reached Hurley Middle School on Newman Avenue, where the parade culminated.
There was a short presentation outside the middle school after the parade. Veteran's agent Seth Bai took to the podium after the parade to thank the many sponsors, individuals who volunteered their time, and of course, the many veterans who residents gathered to honor on Monday.
Bai introduced several other speakers, including firehouse chaplain Reverend John Amaral. "We remember with a sense of gratitude and humility those who have sacrificed for us," said Amaral as he asked for God's blessing on the day's proceedings.
Poems were read by members of the Attleboro Elks, winners of student contests were announced, and Soule was presented with a proclamation from the Massachusetts State House and a Flag that was flown in his honor at the United States Capitol.