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Alle-Kiski Valley parades with pride on Memorial Day

| Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 12:01 a.m.
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Rob Fusia of New Kensington (front), and Charles Schachte of Leechburg, march with the American Legion Post 868 Honor Gurad, during Lower Burrell Memorial Day Parade, on Monday May 25, 2015.
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Rylee Parrish of Springdale, twirls her baton, while performing with the Twirl Time Studio, during the Lower Burrell Memorial Day Parade, on Monday May 25, 2015.
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Larry Gizzi and Brian Barbieri built a mock prisoner of war cage, to remember those missing in action, during Lower Burrell Memorial Day Parade, on Monday May 25, 2015.
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Staff Sergeant Shawn Porter of Lower Burrell, a member of the Army Reserve 307 MP Company in New Kensington, waits for the start of the New Kensington/ Arnold Memorial Day Parade to begin, on Monday May 25, 2015.
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Dylan Renaldi, 12, of Boy Scouts Troop 121 in New Kensington, carries the American Flag, during the lower Burrell Memorial Day Parade, on Monday May 25, 2015.
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Bratton 'Whitey' Williams, 77, of the New Kensington Fire Department, rides on the back of a ladder truck, during the Lower Burrell Memorial Day Parade, on Monday May 25, 2015.
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Valley High School Junior ROTC members Angel Kubiak (left) 16, Gillian Zana 16, Arianna Filer 17, and Allan Deyarmin 15, prepare to march in the New Kensington/Arnold Memorial Day Parade, on Monday May 25, 2015.
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Lil Encisco of New kensington, sits in a 1951 Ford Custom representing the Neighborhood Watch, waiting for the start of the New Kensington/Arnold Memorial Day Parade to begin, on Monday May 25, 2015.
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Members of the Lower Burrell American Legion Post 868 Honor Gurad, march under a waving American Flag, during Lower Burrell Memorial Day Parade, on Monday May 25, 2015.
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Two full beer cans sit at the monument at the New Kensington Army Reserve Center along Leechburg Road, during the Memorial Day Parade, on Monday May 25, 2015. Ever since the memorial was erected in 2003, every Memorial day, two cans of beer have been placed at the stone, for Sergeant Eric Hall, and Sergeant Nicholas Tomko, according to Sam Lombardo, of Sam's Pop Shop in Arnold.
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Two full beer cans sit at the monument at the New Kensington Army Reserve Center along Leechburg Road, during the Memorial Day Parade, on Monday May 25, 2015. Ever since the memorial was erected in 2003, every Memorial day, two cans of beer have been placed at the stone, for Sergeant Eric Hall, and Sergeant Nicholas Tomko, according to Sam Lombardo, of Sam's Pop Shop in Arnold.
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Jon Wagner and his son Jason 8, of Lower Burrell, wave flags and clap, during the Lower Burrell Memorial Day Parade, on Monday May 25, 2015.
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Nathan Hoover 15, warms up his horn with the Arnold Fire Department marching band, during the New Kensington/Arnold Memorial Day Parade, on Monday May 25, 2015.
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Staff Sergeant Shawn Porter (top) and Sergeant Rich Jenkins, both of the 307 MP company Army Reserve Unit, make their way down Fifth Avenue in Arnold, during the New Kensington/Arnold Memorial Day Parade, on Monday May 25, 2015.
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Greg Partlow, 4, of New Kensington, picks up candy with his brothers Brycen, 2, and Dominic, 1, during the Lower Burrell Memorial Day Parade, on Monday May 25, 2015.
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James S. Foley,fought at the battle of Iwo Jima, a member of the Marine Corp League, waves from the seat of an old military jeep, during the Lower Burrell Memorial Day Parade, on Monday May 25, 2015.
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Peggy Uhing and her Matlise Molly, of Lower Burrell, enjoy the Lower Burrell Memorial Day Parade, on Monday May 25, 2015.

It only took one time for Shirley Ross to hear the Arnold Fireman's Band perform in the Memorial Day parade before she made watching it an annual tradition.

“She said it reminded her of old times,” said her daughter Barbara Ross, 57. “It brought back memories for her.”

So for the sixth consecutive year, Ross, 85, and her daughter, both of Lower Burrell, staked out a piece of shade on Sixth Street Monday to watch the annual parade that features fire departments, police, the local Army Reserve Unit, Boy and Girl Scout troops and, of course, marching bands.

There were about a dozen parades across the Alle-Kiski Valley to mark the holiday and honor military veterans. The sunshine and warm weather made the traditional summer kickoff a great one, parade watchers said. They came out for the fun and camaraderie and to recognize the sacrifice military service members have made.

“I like to honor the policemen and servicemen,” said Margaret Dzierski, of Arnold. “And it doesn't take much to walk down to see the parade.”

Members of Boy Scout Troop 390 said they enjoyed decorating their red, white and blue float for the Arnold/New Kensington parade.

“It's nice having our own special kind of float,” said Christian Litterio, 10, of Lower Burrell.

“I like going through and seeing everybody happy,” said Aiden Ziccarelli, 10, of New Kensington.

In Lower Burrell, hundreds of people lined the parade route on Leechburg Road.

Most people said watching the parade is as much a family tradition as a cookout.

“It's just nice getting together with family and having a special time to get together,” said Tony Muto, 35, of Arnold, who watched the parade from his aunt's Leechburg Road home with his young nephews. “It's the kickoff to our Memorial Day.”

Carol Beale also has a special vantage point to watch the Lower Burrell parade — her home on Schreiber Road, where she and her husband, Bob, have lived for 30 years. She invites friends and family over for the holiday.

Allison Derry, 6, of Parks, came over with her grandma, Beale's close friend. She said she likes getting candy and watching the different vehicles drive by.

“I like the monster truck with the eagle on the side,” she said.

Among those in the parade were members of American Legion Post 868 in Lower Burrell. Many of them have been participating since returning from service in Vietnam.

“This is a day when we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Tom Rushnock, a Vietnam vet who served in the 633rd Security Police Squadron. “And we can't forget those who are POW/MIA and getting the United States to get them back home.”

Among the parade floats was a truck carrying a cage made of wooden slats, with a pair of boots and the POW/MIA flag inside.

Gino Texter, 8, of Shaler, who was watching with Muto, his uncle, said one of his favorite parts of the parade is the military vehicles.

“I like them because my cousin is in the Army,” he said.

Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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