DUNKIRK – A beloved springtime tradition returned to northern Chautauqua County Monday.
The annual Memorial Day parade returned to the streets of Dunkirk to recognize the men and women who gave their lives to defend the nation.
Central Avenue played host to the festivities, with the city hall being the centerpoint of the performances.
Featured groups included local schools, bands, and community assistance initiatives. Veterans from the region were also honored during the program.
Prior to the parade, a ceremony was held at Memorial Park on Lake Shore Drive to pay tribute to the soldiers who never made it back home.
Hundreds of residents lined the street to watch the event which, like many other things, had been put on hold for the past couple years. City of Dunkirk Events Coordinator Ryan Hall discussed what he believes was an above average community turnout.
“I’ve been coming to these parades since I was a kid. Usually right around a block away is when the crowd dies out, and I noticed when the parade started it went all the way down a couple more blocks so this is definitely above average,” Hall said. “Obviously, it’s beautiful out, and I think that definitely played a factor as well.”
It’s not only the Memorial Day parade that the community is able to enjoy. The event marks just the beginning of a summer filled with countless festivities available to the public.