May 26, 2014
Communities all across the Southern Tier yesterday held parades and speeches in honor of Memorial Day.
At a parade in Binghamton, men and women marched down Main Street in Binghamton in full military dress, carrying American flags and decorative rifles.
Local politicians greeted the crowds and the roar of motorcycle engines echoed off the buildings.
U.S. Congressman Richard Hanna gave a short speech in front of the courthouse once the parade was over.
“It’s important to remember that there are people away from their families, away from their homes in places you and I would never want to be," says Hanna.
Clare Jones served in the Marine Corps for 4 years as a morse code operator. He was part of the color guard on Memorial Day.
“It’s good that we can do that to draw attention to them. So younger generations can see what we are doing. And hopefully understand how we got where we are,” says Jones.
The remembrance ended with one of Jones’ fellow Marines playing taps on the courthouse steps as two other Marines raised an American flag to half-mast.
A woman thanks the crowd and asks them to mark their calendars to come again on November 11, Veteran’s day.