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Fireman's parade marks 100th year

April 24, 2001

Fireman's parade marks 100th year



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


The Chambersburg Borough Council supported a request last week for a parade in honor of the 100th anniversary celebration of the fireman's association's parade this summer.

Richard L. Hershey, convention chairman for the Greater Chambersburg Area Volunteer Firemen's Association, presented the proposal for the Aug. 4 parade.

The Cumberland Valley Volunteer Fireman's Association sponsors the annual parade. This year's is expected to be bigger and longer because of the milestone anniversary, Hershey said.

The two- to three-hour parade would begin at noon.

The parade will begin at the intersection of Commerce and Philadelphia avenues and proceed down South Main Street to McKinley Street. It will continue down McKinley Street to the entrance of Memorial Park.

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The parade will include hundreds of firefighters in town from Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and Delaware for an annual convention, Hershey said.

The parade also will include several hundred pieces of fire equipment.

"We have reviewed the parade route with the Chambersburg Police Department, and the chief indicates it is workable," Hershey said.

The staging area of the parade will be J. Frank Faust Junior High School. It will disband at Memorial Park, near Chambersburg Area Middle School.

The five borough fire departments, as well as fire companies throughout the county, will work together to coordinate the event.

"It will take all of the Franklin County companies to pull this off," he said.

The parade rotates throughout the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Fireman's Association territory, and typically it is held in Chambersburg every seven years.

The association would like the parade to be in Chambersburg this year on the 100th anniversary, because it originated here.

The council unanimously supported the proposal.

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