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Pa. town will revive traditional holiday parade

May 04, 2007

SCOTLAND, Pa. - A Greene Township community is reviving a lapsed tradition, holding its first Memorial Day parade in nearly four decades next week.

The village of Scotland in Franklin County, Pa., held its last Memorial Day parade in 1969, said Charles Ross Fisher, who remembers the town having parades when he returned from service in the South Pacific with the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II.

Fisher recalled that the former fire company in the town ran the parades, along with the Scotland Community Association. Participants often included marching units, rifle squads and the marching band from the Scotland School for Veterans Children.

The parade kicks off at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 12, two weeks before the Memorial Day weekend, but for a sound reason, said Cathy Mohler.

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"There's so many parades at that time, we thought we'd try this date and see how it works," said Mohler, the assistant treasurer of the Scotland Community Association.

A memorial ceremony at the park will include prayer, music, speakers and readings of essays on freedom, according to the Greene Township newsletter.

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