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Spa City Memorial Day Parade 2012 - with photo gallery!

War dogs make their way down Broadway.

War dogs make their way down Broadway. Photo by Julie Cushine-Rigg.

— “It is impossible to put a number on what the men and women of our armed forces have given us and we are pleased that our support will help revive the parade and ceremonies honoring all who have served and sacrificed. We need to remember those that have lost their lives on our behalf. We are eternally grateful to all vets and their families,” said Robert J. McCormick, president and CEO of Trustco Bank.

Word about the parade spread through Facebook and almost overnight the seeds were planted for a parade stepping off on Memorial Day itself. On Monday, the parade check-in tent was bustling as marchers and participants found their way to the line-up.

Ann Mundy was getting ready for the parade along with members from the Wild Wild West Show. With horses close at hand, she allowed a little space to get into her persona of Adirondack Annie. She said that she and other members of her troupe have been entertaining crowds “for years.”

Esther Marshall of The Wild Wild West Show was excited to take part in the parade.

“It’s great to be here,” she said.

Near the Saratoga Springs City Center, Brisson and many city officials were congregating in the shade before stepping off.

When asked if there was a Grand Marshal, Brisson responded, “There is no Grand Marshal. We’re here for those who aren’t able to be.”

In that spirit, the parade was led by veterans. Tom Herbert from the Ballston Spa Marine Corps Detachment was taking refuge from the sun in the shade of the City Center just before leading the march with his brethren when young Mitchell Madigan of Saratoga Springs approached him. He asked if Herbert had been to war, or if he was a hero.

Herbert, adorned in his dress khakis, simply replied that he was “no hero,” and set off to march.

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