The 31st Fulton Service Clubs’ Memorial Day Salute Parade is scheduled for Saturday, May 26 at 10 a.m.
The parade theme this year is “America... Worth Fighting For.”
This year the committee announces the participation of B104. Tom Owens, long-time on air Clear Channel radio personality, will be the host and commentator for the parade.
Owens says “I am so honored to be a part of the 31st Annual Fulton Memorial Day Salute Parade. Our B 104 family has the utmost respect for and pride in the men and women who serve our country and to be a part of this amazing celebration honoring them is so exciting for me”.
The Memorial Day Salute Committee feels that the community has many heroes who are serving or have served in the present conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as veterans who have served their country over the years. These men and women ask for nothing from their fellow American citizens, so it is time to honor them on this Memorial Day weekend. Therefore, this year's parade is in honor of all those who have served their country.
For the past 30 years, the four service clubs in Fulton which are the Kiwanis, Lions, Sunrise Rotary and Rotary, have chosen to honor the heroes and veterans by featuring them in the annual parade. Fulton’s “Veteran of the Year” for 2012 is Charles Callen, a World War II veteran, who was with the 14th Army Division. Callen will serve as grand marshall of this year’s parade.
The Fulton Memorial Day parade traditionally features children and bands. Many children’s groups have already signed up for the parade this year. There is always room for more groups, businesses, and individuals to be in the parade. lf a member of a group who wants to be in this year’s parade, it is still not too late to sign up. Zach Menter is the parade chairman and his phone number is 591-4502. Call him with questions about the parade, or if people wish to be in it.
The Memorial Day Salute Committee so far has 10 bands signed up for this year‘s parade. They are The Central New York Police and Fireman’s Band, City of Syracuse Highland Pipe and Drums, Camden Fife and Drum Corps, Central Square Middle School Band, The Original Yanks Drum and Bugle Corp, Brockville Lions Steel Band, Emerald City Scottish Pipe Band, Naples High School Marching Band and the Island Band is back. A popular band joining the parade again this year is the Towpath Volunteers Fife and Drum band from Macedon.
Several business and groups are working on floats to place in the parade. Whether people are interested in planning a float, a marching group or want to show off an unusual vehicle, now is the time to act. Participants intentions should be made known soon. Menter asks that people call him at 591-4502 and he will send a parade application form.