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Back in Time: Parade lifts pride, patriotism

Back in Time: Parade lifts pride, patriotism

Albany's Memorial Day parade of 1980 is remembered in the weekly Back in Time feature.

Memorial Day is marked by ceremonies both somber and sensational.

As the nation remembers its war dead, speeches take place in cemeteries and wreaths are placed at graves of soldiers who have sacrificed for their countries.

Parades are another way to observe the day. Music and marching often motivate people to wear red, white and blue as they celebrate America.

Albany’s Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 26, 1980, offered something for young and old. Tanks from the Army National Guard moved slowly along downtown streets and impressed many small children.

Others on the parade route appreciated patriotic performances from bands such as the Middleburgh Central School Band.

Some people just wanted to see the American flag.

Arthur J. O’Keefe, an 80-year-old veteran of World War I, was on the sidewalk in his American Legion uniform and gave the stars and stripes a crisp salute.

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