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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Austin Observes Memorial Day With Parade & Service

By Kathy Brooks
Over 150 people of all ages lined the streets to watch Austin's first Memorial Day Parade in many years. The parade was organized by the Austin United Methodist Church.

Memorial Day Services followed the parade. Memorial Day Services opened with greetings & invocation by Pastor John Baney who spoke about how the men & women died for our country and how the living continue to serve our country. Baney noted these men & women sacrified everything to bring us our freedom.

The singing of the National Anthem & Pledge of Allegiance followed and was led by VFW Post #7810 Ladies Auxiliary members Gloria Stuckey & President Nancy Glover.

Austin Girl Scout Cadette Troop members Kaylee Brooks, Nicole Smith, Rachel Jeffers & Scout Friend Kate Jeffers read four poems regarding Memorial Day.

Auxiliary Member Emelda Glover read "A Veteran Died Today." Guest Speaker was SPC Kerry Ehrensberger 347 QM Company Detachment 1 of St Marys who spoke about those who sacrificed their lives for us and how it has made her a stronger person.

Austin Boy Scout Troop #524 raised the flag. Veteran's Program was presented by Commander Bruce Bresslin, Senior Vice Commander, Chaplain Ernest Roberts and President Nancy Glover.

A 21 Gun Salute was presented by local Veteran Christopher Ehrensberger of 347th Quartermast Company, Detachment #1 and VFW Post #7810 Members Anthony Lamer, Norm Martin & Alfred Stahl.

A light luncheon followed the ceremony.

Float Winners in the Parade:

1st Place - AHS Cheerleaders
2nd Place - Austin United Methodist Church

1st Place Honorable Mention - Austin Vol Fire Company Junior Firefighters
2nd Place Honorable Mention - Big Mike's Coffee Club
3rd Place Honorable Mention - EO Austin Home Historical Society

Over 20 units participated in the parade including members & apparatus of the Austin Volunteer Fire & Ambulance, Roulette Fire Company, Austin Borough Police, Austin Boy Scout Troop #524, Austin Girl Scouts Troops #119 & #199, VFW Post #7810, VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post #7810, Austin United Methodist Church, Austin Emergency Services Junior Firefighters, AHS Cheerleaders, EO Austin Home Historical Society, Big Mike's Coffee Club, Antique Cars from Jack Cooney & Punk Rotello, 347th Quartermast Company, Austin Little Leaguers and Arcada Lodge Members

Photos by Kathy Brooks (c)2009


Anonymous said...

Words can't describe big mike's coffee club. WOW

Anonymous said...

These photos of the Austin Parade were great! The colors and actual "shots" are well done.

Anonymous said...

I don't fully understand the first comment but the parade was awesome.

Anonymous said...

I fully understand the first comment and it isn't appropriate.

Anonymous said...

Well, i don't understand the first comment about The Coffee Club photo.But i can say this..That gruop of people were having a blast and made us smile...Hat's off to them for taking the time to take part in the parade...

Anonymous said...

I go to big mike's every morning for coffee and I am not fat.

Anonymous said...

was that the first comments meaning that everyone that goes to big mike's is fat???? If so it must be an awful fat town almost everyone in Austin goes there!!!!

Anonymous said...

If you have been to Big Mike's then you know we're not all fat..If you haven't been there, then there's no reason at all for your comments. Until you've stopped in and set a spell, keep your mouths shut !!

Anonymous said...

I think keeping your mouths shut would be the key to this whole problem.

Anonymous said...

Poster 9:24 AM

Are you suggesting that if these individuals kept their mouths shut they wouldn't be fat?