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Memorial Day Salute Announces Parade Winners

Fulton–The Memorial Day Salute Parade Committee announces the judges’ awards for Saturday’s parade. The theme for the 29th Annual Memorial Day Parade was “America The Beautiful.” Based upon this theme, the judges chose several groups in the parade that best represented this year’s theme. Zachary Menter, Parade Chairman, announced the following judge’s decisions.

The winner of “The Grand Marshall Award” for the most patriotic and interesting group was the Oswego Industries Life Program float. Their float was very colorful in red, white, and blue, and gave a very plain patriotic message to the audience and the parade judges.

A parade is music, with bands of different sizes and sounds. The “Best Music Trophy” was awarded to the Central New York Police and Fireman’s Band. This band, under the direction of Andrew Osmun, demonstrates great skill and poise as a marching unit.

The Calvary Baptist Church won the “Theme Trophy.” Their float was colorful, contained many children, and the children’s hand bell chorus was well executed. They met all aspects of the parade theme of “America The Beautiful”.

There were a large number of children’s groups in the parade, so the parade committee awards three trophies in the category of Children’s Groups. The first place in the “Children Awards” was awarded to the Brockville Lions Club for their steel band youth project. This steel drum band project raises money for the many children’s activities the Brockville, Ontario Lions Club conducts. Second place went to the Off Broadway Dance Center, a perennial winner in the children’s award category. Third place went to the Fulton City School District Pre-Kindergarten program for their very colorful, original and patriotic display. The UPK was also last year’s third place winner.

Three trophies were given by the “Fulton Veteran’s Council” for which veteran’s groups and themes are eligible. Winning first place in the Veteran’s group was the Fulton Veteran’s of Foreign Wars, VFW, Post 569, Color Guard. Winning second in the Veteran’s category was the 10th Mountain Division Marching Band from Fort Drum. Taking third place was the Fulton VFW Auxiliary and VFW Jr. Girls float.

The judges for the parade were the presidents of the four Fulton Service Clubs. The president of the Fulton Rotary Sunrise Club is Donna Kestner. Carol Vescio subbed for Donna. President of the Fulton Kiwanis Club is John Kruk. John’s son, David Kruk subbed for him today. President of the Fulton Lion’s Club is David Guyer. Mr. Guyer was replaced by Steve Young. The president of the Fulton Rotary Club is Jerry Seguin. The Fulton Veteran’s Council judge was Bud Shinnick, Chairman of the Fulton Veteran’s Council.

The Parade Co-Chairpersons were Zach Menter and Cathy Trowbridge. Parade stewards were: Cathy Trowbridge, Katie Blake, Amanda Griffin, Peg Donnelly, Patrick Waite, Mike Schroeder, Steve Bero, Steve Young, Pat Butler, Dawn Butler, Bob Brown, Sharon Foster, Dan Farfaglia, and Mike Bonning.

The Memorial Day Salute Committee is made up of the presidents of the four Fulton Service clubs, along with, Tom Mirabito of Kiwanis, Frank Kehoe and Larry Macner from the Fulton Veteran’s Council, Carol Vescio, Peggy Donnelly, and Ro Kemmis from the Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club, Steve Bero and Peg Donnelly from the Fulton Lion’s Club, Judy Young, Zach Menter, and Dick Kemmis from the Fulton Rotary Club, and Cathy Trowbridge and Jim Myers, as interested citizens. This year’s Memorial Day Salute Chairman was Dick Kemmis, Secretary Peg Donnelly and Tom Mirabito, Treasurer.