The parade begins with the Rice County Central Veterans Association Honor Guard/Color Guard leading the way.
FOR THE THIRTY-THREE YEARS I’ve lived in Faribault, I’ve rarely missed a Memorial Day parade and the program that follows in Central Park.
Little Ivan arrives for the parade in a car pushed by his dad, Jake.
It’s a time-honored tradition of music and marches, salutes and speeches, flags and families.
Saluting the flag at the ceremony in Central Park.
I’m proud to live in a community where patriotism and service to country and respect for the American flag and all it means runs strong from generation to generation.
From kids to adults, many are dressed in a patriotic red, white and blue.
Grand Marshal, Adrian Gillen, rides in the parade alongside his wife, Jean. The couple both served their country and were duo grand marshals.
David Kirkpatrick, who is my eldest daughter’s classmate, was the honorary grand marshal.
The Shattuck-St. Mary’s Crack Squad always marches in the parade and always fires their guns.
The Scouts always hand out American flags during the parade.
The parade includes vintage vehicles.
You know the parade is ending when horses and riders arrive.
At Central Park, the Bethlehem Academy Band awaits their turn to play the National Anthem.
Some attendees clutch American flags.
Honored veterans Adrian Gillen, left, and brothers Matt and David Kirkpatrick.
Veteran Travis Quinlan watches the program at the park with hundreds of others. He was also a classmate of my eldest daughter.
Hundreds gathered in Central Park for the program, presented on the bandshell. The Girl Scouts participated with a presentation on flag folding and more.
Archie Temple walked in the parade and then arrived at the park for the Memorial Day program. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1952-1956, during the time of the Korean War. That’s his original Navy uniform.
Honored combat veteran Matt Kirkpatrick addresses the crowd. Grand marshals Jean and Adrian Gillen are seated next to the podium.
David Kirkpatrick speaks briefly.
As is tradition each year, members of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 43 place wreaths on the memorial cross.
The Honor Guard/Color Guard is an important part of the day’s events.
As they left the park, veterans Travis Quinlan, left, and David and Matt Kirkpatrick posed for one last photo. Travis and David were Faribault High School classmates.
© Copyright 2015 Audrey Kletscher Helbling