Kennett’s Memorial Day Parade: Honoring Heroes, Promoting Inclusion and Celebrating Community

Kennett Square Memorial Day ParadeImage via Kennett Collaborative

KENNETT SQUARE, PA — Riding high on excitement, Kennett Collaborative is set to organize the Kennett Square Memorial Day Parade on the bright morning of May 27, 2024. This enchanting event is expected to draw the participation of thousands of residents and visitors. With the novel introduction of a Spanish-speaking announcer and a shuttle bus running from Oxford to Kennett Square, this year’s parade promises a more accessible and inclusive experience for all.

The primary objective of the Memorial Day parade is to pay tribute to America’s intrepid military men and women who lost their lives while serving their country, while simultaneously celebrating the freedoms they valiantly fought to preserve. Lending vibrancy to this year’s parade will be veterans in classic cars, military vehicles, regional marching bands, historical reenactors, and artistic performances such as Aztec and Chinese folk dances.

Mary Kay Gaver, Chair of Kennett Collaborative’s board of directors, commented, “We strive to organize events where everyone can gather, feel welcome and included. We take pride in being a part of such a meaningful local tradition that resonates so deeply with the Kennett community.”

This year, spectators can look forward to Spanish announcements at the 500 block of South Union Street. English announcements will be relayed from the 100 block of West State Street and at the intersection of South Union and Magnolia Streets.

The parade will honor local veterans Mark A. “Pete” Peterson and Lester “Les” Brown as Grand Marshals. These distinguished veterans have contributed greatly, having served their country before building successful civilian careers at renowned organizations like Boeing and United Airlines.

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Gaver expressed her elation at recognizing the two men, saying, “I’ve known Les for many years as the consummate unsung hero who simply makes everything better for everyone around him.”

To further honor fallen soldiers, spectators are invited to various tribute ceremonies at locations including VFW Post 5467, Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center, and Union Hill Cemetery.

Free lunch will be provided to veterans and their families at both the VFW and the American Legion in Kennett, post the parade.

Provisions have been made for free parking at Unionville High School and the Borough’s municipal garage on East Linden Street. Furthermore, parade sponsor Krapf School Bus will provide a free shuttle service from Oxford to Kennett, with multiple pick-up and drop-off points.

Mary Lou Baily, Kennett Collaborative’s Event Coordinator,” said, “We’re indebted to all the committee members and partners who have helped make the Kennett Memorial Day Parade a cherished tradition. The significance of this occasion and the community spirit it embodies is really heartwarming.”

Daniel Embree, Executive Director of Kennett Collaborative, extended special thanks to their partners, donors, and lead parade sponsors, who have greatly contributed towards making the parade a success.

So buckle up Kennett community, because this Memorial Day Parade promises a day filled with honor, inclusion, celebration, and lasting memories!

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