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BUCHANAN, Mich. -- Monday was Memorial Day and for the City of Buchanan's Memorial Day Parade not only marked the commemoration of Memorial Day but also the first time the community has gotten together since the pandemic started.

ABC 57’s Roxie Elliot talked to Residents about the parade.

Buchanan Mayor Sean Denison said “Everybody’s excited to get back into the swing of things and open up and be together as a community, it was a huge turnout, a lot of people pitched in to help get things done this week, so it’s just nice to see everyone”

The Parade also honored a lifelong resident making Geneva Swem, the Grand Marshal.  

Swem said “I felt quite honored, my husband was a member of the legion in Buchanan, I’ve lived here all my life, I was born 99 years ago so I’ve been to a lot of parades and used to march in the high school band but today was a little different sitting here and letting everybody look at me”

Two Buchanan veterans got the spotlight at the conclusion of the Parade Oak Ridge Cemetery.

One of those Veterans, Vietnam Veteran, Richard Hickok said “I had an interesting two years with the Army and now here I am, I’ve been part of the ceremony for 50 years “.

Another of those veterans, WWII Veteran Richard Aldrich “I’m no hero but I did what I had to do in 1945”.

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