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Tioga County Residents Celebrate Memorial Day with Annual Parade

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Tioga County residents lined the streets of downtown Owego this morning to kick off Memorial Day with the city's annual parade.

Veteran of Foreign Wars, the Owego Fire Department and Boy Scout Troop 60 are just some of the organizations who marched from the Owego Police Station to Courthouse Square in honor of those who fought and died for our freedom.

While community members do enjoy the festivities they say they recognize that today is about more than parades and barbecues.

"I think it shows a true appreciation for this country and for what the ultimate price was paid for the freedoms that we all enjoy," said Matthew Starr, a U.S. Army Veteran.

"I think it's a great time to get together but we've got to remember that people gave their lives for our country so that we could have picnics and we could enjoy ourselves. There are still people who are in harms way,"
said Peggy Hathaway, Auxiliary President of the American Legion.

This morning's parade was followed by a service of remembrance at the Tioga County Veterans Memorial in Courthouse Square.