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147th Memorial Day Observance Held in Grafton

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Memorial Day observances were held all over the country and also here at home.

One city has been holding its annual observance since 1868.

One thing unique about Grafton is its annual Memorial Day parade. Each year, people line the streets of Grafton to observe and remember those who are serving, and have served our nation's armed forces.

This marks the 147th annual observance, and has been going on continuously in Taylor County with a parade marked with bands, floats, and of course our veterans from all wars; World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the current conflicts.

"The whole community gears up for Memorial Day, and it is the big time in Grafton, and has been as I say going clear back to immediately after the Civil War," said John Whitescarver, Grafton Memorial Day Parade Committee.

Traditions during this parade are made when generations from all walks of life come together to recognize a special cause.

"One of the most notable is that the school children from around the county decorate the graves, and I don't know if that's repeated in the country," Whitescarver said.

Parade observers said they have their own traditions when it comes to observing Memorial Day.

"We visit our family grave sites. I've got several relatives that are veterans, including myself and a son, and we honor those who have served," said Jerry Hosaflook, of Bridgeport.

"It's the biggest event in town. This weekend is it, where we all get together, and just enjoy the day," said Dina Trickett of Fairmont.

Parade committee organizers said Grafton has always been a patriotic community.

"Most of us went into the service and served, and we remember that time on the oncoming years, and this is known as a very patriotic community," Whitescarver said.

The Memorial Day observance continued onto the Grafton National Cemetery, which by the way is one of two national cemeteries in Taylor County.

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