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Endicott Memorial Parade sees Nearly 1,000 Come Out in Support

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If you were in the Village of Endicott, Monday morning, it would have been hard to not notice the rows of patient parade watchers lined around Washington Avenue and North Street.

Nearly 1,000 area residents came out to wave and cheer for Endicott's annual Memorial Day Parade. Children eagerly awaited the occasional piece of candy that would land at their feet, while their parents stood by smiling with a sense of pride in their eyes as veterans and their supporters slowly drifted by, one by one.

Everywhere you would look, someone wearing a veteran cap or pin stood alongside their loved ones and wished other hometown heroes "thank you" for their service as well.

"We try to honor the veterans, especially the ones that are gone," said Joe Taylor, American Legion Post 1700 veteran.

And other things seem to be even more a common theme among Memorial Day Parades across the Southern Tier, like the passing of respect through generational divides, parents teaching their children to honor the men and women in uniform, who defend our great country.

"Memories, I have many of people that I have lost through the wars. And I am so glad that Endicott still remembers the veterans," said Sandra Scanlon, granddaughter of Endicott-great, George F. Johnson.

According to Sandra, her grandfather George was the man who showed her compassion for everyone, giving men who served their country a job in his factory, as well as donating Endicott's Memorial Park to area veterans.

"His door was always open to soldiers, that's why when they asked 'Which way?' We'd say 'E-J (Endicott-Johnson),'" said Sandra Scanlon.

It was at Veterans Memorial Park located at East Main Street, Monday, where the Memorial Day Parade finished its travels. Village officials and chapter leaders spoke to the crowds of people about the community's love for veterans, as well as never forgetting the ultimate sacrifices paid by these men and women.

Attendees walked the Memorial Park's Wall of Fallen Soldiers, and slowly observed the faces and names of those that lost their lives for freedom. Some shedding tears, and whispering to themselves, "Thank you for your sacrifice and God bless America." 

So if you drove by Endicott, Monday Morning, you didn't just see people paying their respects to veterans, you saw Americans remembering the meaning behind Memorial Day.