My heart filled with pride as Marilyn and I were driven through the Memorial Day parade route May 27. We had not expected so many people to turn out to see the parade.

There was a threat of rain that morning, and we had our rain gear as we arrived a the High Street Cemetery for the start of services. The Soldiers Monumental Association was in charge with Sid Liming guiding the members who were performing their duties with perfection.

I had not attended High Street services in years and was surprised at the size of the crowd in attendance. The program proceeded in orderly fashion with those in the audience respectful throughout its duration.

I had not traveled the parade route in many years. Many years ago, when I was 4 years old, my father marched in Legion uniforms with the group of veterans of the first World War and allowed me to march along behind him for several of the parades.

Later, I marched with the Boy Scout troops and other civic groups. As Charlie Weaver of the Soldiers Monumental Association drove Marilyn and I along the route this Memorial Day, we tried to wave and return the waves of those smiling faces along the route. Again, we were surprised by the numbers. We remarked to Charlie how this day was representative of America and its people who acknowledge those who have gone ahead.

Marilyn and I realize that we are not heroes, but representative of couples who have served and appreciate our country and our responsibility.

Each of us is appreciative of the Soldiers Monumental Association, AMVETS and other groups. Marilyn and I are proud to belong to those organizations. And, finally, we wish to extol the service of Dennis and Diane Lester and their contributions to the community and its veterans.

Robert and Marilyn Johnson


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