Vernon annual tradition continues

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  • McAfee’s Ziegler Dance Centre in the annual Vernon Memorial Day Parade.

  • One of the McAfee Fire Department’s fire engines being driven by department member Bud Braitsch.

  • Army Reserve members saluting the flag as it is raised from half staff.

  • Girls Scouts and Brownies in the parade.

  • The parade’s Grand Marshall, Vietnam War army veteran Robert Lister of Vernon is shown being driven by VFW spokesman Robert Constantine in his 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible.

  • Honor guard leading the parade down Church Street.

  • Sitting in the front passenger's seat, Barry Lakes resident Paul Sellentin, 92, is shown riding in a bright red 1974 Chevrolet Caprice convertible near the front of the parade. In the past he was the parade's Grand Marshall. He served in the army in the Pacific Theater during World War II. As a forward observer during the largest bonsai attack of the war, he was recommended to receive the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service. He is the oldest member of the VFW post and one of Vernon's most senior senior citizens.

  • Leading the parade was Vernon’s new Police Chief Randy Mills in the department’s John Deere Gator Ultimate Terrain Vehicle driven by Lt. Daniel Young.

The Wallkill Valley VFW, Memorial Post 8441 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars once again sponsored the township’s annual Memorial Day parade and ceremonies.

After the long parade made its way down to Veteran’s Memorial Park, a solemn including music performed by the Vernon Township High School Viking Band.

— Photos by Chris Wyman
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