A number of parents were in the crowd to support their children and their activities. The Bethlehem High School band marched alongside Little Leaguers and hockey club members as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts proudly showed off their troops' symbols. Fire companies, police officers and military personnel walked in unison past onlookers who cheered them for their service.
Some onlookers said the community interaction in the parade is what keeps people coming back year after year to support their neighbors and friends.
Barb Turi, whose son, Mike, marched with the Boy Scouts and daughter, Gabi, marched with the Bethlehem Tomboys was there to watch as both of them took part in the town's annual parade. "The purpose [to keep the parade on Monday] is what it's meant to be for, not just for the kids to march," said Turi.
DeLaney said she believes the turnout at the event shows that the town has not forgotten what Memorial Day is about.
"[Memorial Day] is to remember, to remember everyone who has died in the past in service of our country," DeLaney said.