BRUNSWICK, Ohio — A sense of patriotism and community permeated the Brunswick Memorial Day parade and ceremony this year, as members of Brunswick VFW Post 9520, American Legion Post 234, area Scout troops, Brunswick Police and Fire Departments, and members of the Brunswick High School Orchestra participated in this year’s event.
Jeannie Chapman and her family said they enjoyed the overall atmosphere, the official kickoff to summer, and honoring military veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Councilman Nick Hanek said he was pleasantly surprised by the turnout, with dozens of residents gathering along the parade route – from Brunswick Middle School to Westview Cemetery – and seeking shade on a cloudless morning. at 87 degrees.
“It’s one of the first things we’ve been able to do like this since COVID, and many have come out for the parade,” he said. “I’m glad we were able to do that.
“It’s great to see people, meet people and talk to people.”
Hanek was joined in the parade by fellow councilman Brandon Lambert, who is in his first term.
“It’s not the first time I’ve taken part in a parade, but the first time I’ve taken part as a civil servant,” laughed Lambert.
“It’s fantastic to see how many people have come out knowing how divisive our country has been lately. It’s great to see that we can forget about that for a bit and remember what’s really important.
Brunswick resident Steve Filisko, whose daughter Laina walked in the parade as part of Scout Troop 3513, echoed that sentiment.
“We support our country, which is important, especially with everything going on in the world,” Filisko said.
For her part, Laina, 10, said the best part of the day was “walking down the street”.
At the end of the Memorial Day ceremony, Bob Prevost of post 234 thanked the members and auxiliaries of the organizations, the Knights of Columbus, the Boy Scout troops and the citizens of Brunswick for honoring fallen American military heroes.
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