Niagara Gazette


May 22, 2014

Niagara Falls Memorial Day parade participants announced

Niagara Gazette — The Niagara Falls Veterans Memorial Monument Commission will step off its annual Memorial Day Parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, marching from the City Market at Pine and 18th Street to the Veterans Monument at Hyde Park at Robbins Drive and Pine Avenue.

Colonel John J. Higgins and Falls Police Superintendent Bryan DalPorto will be the main speakers; with words by 26th District Congressman Brian Higgins, state Assemblyman John Ceretto and Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.

Ann Marie Sawicki will recite Flanders Fields for her uncle 98-year-old WWII and Korea veteran Rocco Larocca, who normally recited the poem.

The 2014 parade will be the final dress rehearsal for the grand opening of the monument on Memorial Day in 2015, where the organizers are planning on star-level speakers and the biggest parade yet.

The current lineup is as follows:

• Niagara Falls Police Department

• Niagara Falls Fire Department

• Niagara County Sheriff’s Office

• Niagara County Sheriff’s Mounted Division

• Air National Guard 107th Airlift Wing

• US Army 865th Combat Support Hospital Alpha Company

• John Metro’s Convertible Chevy driven By Mike Delgobbo

• American Legion John J. Welch Post 381

• Federal, State, County And City Officials

• Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club

• Oakwood Cemetery

• Western Regional Buffalo Corps Of Cadets

• Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post 917

• Marine Corps Recuiters

• Marine Corps League 2nd Lt. John Paul Bobo Detachment 1118

• Niagara Youth Marine Cadets

• Town of Niagara Lions Club

• Niagara Falls High School Band

• Boy Scout Troop 816

• Niagara Falls Hall of Fame

• Niagara Clown Alley

• Pages Towing vehicle

• Dick Pealer vehicle

• Mike Hooper vehicle

• Rick Smith vehicle

• Clinton Brockway vehicle

• US Air Force Reserve 914th Airlift Wing

• 107th Airlift Wing Air National Guard

• Civil Air Patrol

• Royal Canadian Legion Branch 606

• VFW Post 54 Auxiliary

• Sister Hood

• O G Car Club (14 Vehicles)

• Cristoforo Colombo Society

• American Legion Fredrick Cadille Post 1664

• Niagara Sikh Association

• Girl Scouts Of Western New York

• Marine Corps League Conrad Kania Det. 230 Chesty Puller Train

• Patriot Guard Riders of New York Motorcycles

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