Ardmore, Lower Merion Township, PA — Hundreds of people came out to honor those that have sacrificed and given the ultimate sacrifice to the American people while serving in the Armed forces of the United States of America. What started with a concert and parade was followed up by a moving memorial service at St. Paul's Cemetary in Ardmore.
The Spies family of Bala Cynwyd enjoy their 1st Ardmore Parade.
The Merion Concert Band, which has been in existence for about 42 years, started the day's activities at 9:45 AM with Patriotic themed and upbeat music. While this group of men and women that numbered about 30 played under canopied tent versus a concert music hall they were right at home pleasing the crowd of onlookers and passersby.
The patriotic-themed music was inspiring and lively and was a real primer to the day's events, and the weather could not have cooperated any better with temperatures at the concert's start at about 70 degrees, with minimal winds and plenty of heavenly sunshine.
At 10:30 AM a parade that had everything that someone could want to see started moving east down Lancaster Avenue towards the township's administration building.
Thank you for your service!
Township Commissioners Durbin and Zelov throw out treats to the onlookers
Dignitaries included the Lower Merion Township Commissioners, Veterans from the Leon Spencer Reid Post their color guard and Auxiliary. Other Special participants were Bryn Mawr Fire Company Honor Guard, 6th Regimental United States Color Guard - Bridge Company, Sixth Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Marin Logistics Group, Marine Forces Reserve - James W Bell, Alan Masonic Lodge number 97.
The Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts of America, Ardmore Business Association, Ardmore Library, Daniel Emery Pipers, the Ardmore Avenue community center, and the Lower Merion Historical Society were just some of the other participants. From and bugle corps and various drill units from throughout the area.
The Friends of Linwood Park were
It would not have been a parade without our first responders from the Lower Merion police, fire department and Narberth ambulance,
Merion Fire Company of Ardmore, Honor Guard
The memorial service started at approximately 11:15 AM at the St. Paul Cemetery in Ardmore. Onlookers were greeted by Capt. John J. Mulhern, U.S.N.R..-Ret. After the invocation and flag ceremony. Helena Koerner sang the national anthem. The presentation and laying of the wreaths were performed by Capt. John J. Mulhern, U.S.N.R..-Ret. After a cannon salute, taps was played, and the benediction followed
Narberth Ambulance Medics were well represented.
Another smiling happy parade participant.
The members of the Lower Merion Memorial day parade committee extended their heartfelt gratitude and thanks to all the individuals and businesses that contributed with either their valuable time for financial support to ensure that the proper tribute was provided to those that men and women that are serving or have served in the Armed Forces of the United States.
The committee reminds us. It is our solemn duty as citizens to remember those valiant veterans that willingly endured hardships and sacrificed their lives so that we mean to the freedoms of this great country.
The Lower Merion Fire Department was well represented with shining Engine, Rescue and Ladder Trucks.