Hundreds gathered at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in New Cumberland for the Memorial Day Parade.
Organizing it was a team effort. The VFW, the American Legion and the Old Town Association worked together.
The ceremony began at 11:30 a.m. and Congressman Scott Perry served as the Grand Marshall.
At noon, the parade kicked off. Cars were filled veterans, t-ball teams and the “Poppy Princesses” who earned the spot in a car by winning a contest hosted by the VFW.
Anya Comstock, 6, and Halia Victoria, 8, were this year’s contest winners. They both drew pictures of students saluting the American flag.
Veterans also lined the streets, saluting as flags were walked by.
“Many gave lives, others suffered with injuries for the rest of their lives,” said Edward Berch, an 89-year-old veteran.
Berch says it’s important for the younger generations to be at these parades, which are a learning opportunity.
“I think they pick up some patriotism,” said Berch. “They pick it up here and they pass it on.”