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Clarence commemorates Memorial Day with socially distant flag parade

Posted at 5:33 PM, May 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-25 17:33:23-04

CLARENCE, NY (WKBW) — Typically, the Town of Clarence commemorates Memorial Day with a parade down Main Street but this year is different. Instead, the town held a socially distant flag parade.

"We know how important it is to honor the fallen on this day and we didn't want that to stop," parade organizer Chrissy Casilio-Bluhm said.

"To see them find a way to come together and do this for our community, it's just wonderful," Clarence resident Rebecca Gallivan said.

Many vehicles carrying veterans, community members, and first responders traveled through area neighborhoods. They encouraged residents to stand outside their homes and wave American flags, all to honor and remember those who served our country.

"We're making the most of it," Gallivan said. "I think we all have to stay positive and the fact that they're doing this for us is giving us that sense of hope that no matter what we pull through and we come through together."

The flag parade put on by the Clarence Rotary Club in partnership with the Clarence Citizens for Veterans.