ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — East Rochester saw tons of local veterans, families, and children come together for its famous Memorial Day Parade Saturday.

Despite less-than-favorable weather, hundreds gathered for what has become an annual staple.

Included in that group was Tom Conners, a World War 2 vet who says this parade is an important event for the area — and for him.

“Well… I’m a World War 2 veteran and I’ve been coming to this thing ever since I was a kid,” Conners said. “This is a tradition in East Rochester that’s been alive since after World War 1 — so I’ve always attended.”

Following the parade, Current Post Commander Thomas Wojick, along with members of American Legion Post #1917, held their annual remembrance ceremony at the “Station of Heroes.”

Guests in attendance for the ceremony included Congressman Joseph Morelle, Monroe County Executive Adam Bello, Senator Samra Brouk, and New York State Rep. Jennifer Lunsford.

On Monday, the federally recognized holiday itself, several local parades and festivities were back up and running.

The Village of Fairport hosted its parade for the first time in three years. The event featured the Fairport High School band with members playing patriotic songs through the streets of the village, such as God Bless America and the National Anthem. Two students were also selected to play Taps.

There was even a “Convertible Caravan” showcasing area veterans. The display and recognition to our fallen heroes who a small way to honor those who gave their lives in sacrifice.

“It’s Memorial Day, it’s time to remember. I went to Vietnam and came back. There are 58,000 names on the wall down there; they didn’t come back. You gotta remember them,” says Fairport native and Vietnam veteran, Bruce Barmore.

In Penfield, it was a more solemn tribute on Memorial Day with the community.

“We remember the dead by name. People submit names of members of their families that were either lost in the war or veterans who have since passed away,” says Rick Gough, Commander of Post 1229 of American Legion.

Students from Penfield Middle School read essays aloud and organizers hosted the Presentation of the Roses.

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