Cal-Mum Memorial Day 2012

by Maria on May 29th, 2012

While some communities have noted a lack of interest in Memorial Day ceremonies, Cal-Mum's is still going strong. The temperature was already soaring when the parade started at 10 am. The high school band led the parade and Kelley's Heroes brought up the rear. Heroes Harold and Emily didn't march because they were driving a 1942 Ford GPW Jeep with veteran and local celebrity Stan Rychlicki as their honored passenger.

For this hometown parade, Kelley's Heroes family members marched between the banner and the band. Most of the children wore red t-shirts personalized with the Kelley's Heroes logo on the front and music symbols and their names on the back. Good work, Margaret and Kelly!

Between the parade and the ceremony, Kelley's Heroes set the tone for the ceremony wirh Armed Forces Salute, a rousing medley of Armed Forces theme songs. This year's guest speaker was Stephen Clary who spoke about the contribution of members from the Cal-Mum community during the Civil War in the Union and Colored Troops. The talk included a stirring rendition of The Battle Hymn of the Republic, in which Citizen of the Year Don Pullyblank started with a slow Louis Armstrong-style refrain followed by Reveille. Then a community chorus that included several Heroes and members of the high school band led the audience in singing The Battle Hymn as a march. Sean Sullivan, who was there as a member of a Civil War reenactment group, joined in on his snare drum.

After laying wreaths at the monument, two seventh graders, Tyler and Aaron, played Taps and the combined bands played The Star-Spangled Banner. As the ceremony broke up, the Heroes played Colonel Bogey March.

After the parade, members of Kelley's Heroes were appraoched by a two separate individuals who inquired about joining the band. If you would like to join Kelley's Heroes, go to our home page and click on Join. We welcome new members for band, color guard and banner carriers.


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