With its preponderance of scouts– Boy, Girls, Cubs, Brownies, Daisies– and the overwhelming turn out players and parents from the Forestville Little League– the Forestville Village Association’s annual Memorial Day parade through the village is much more lighthearted than the parade held downtown in the morning.
The remembrance of the war dead is not forgotten. Before the festivities begin, an honor guard and Boy Scouts salute the many names on the honor roll of Forestville residents who gave their lives so that America can be free. A volley of rifle fire is followed by a somber rendition of “Taps.”
But then the smiles begin.
And in a way, the lightheartedness of the parade– which is also accented by clowns, pirates, cheerleaders, dancers, and numerous pageant title holders– is a celebration of the fruit of the labors of the men and women who gave their lives for the nation.
Here are some of the images from Monday afternoon’s parade.
PHOTOS by MIKE CHAIKEN