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Everyone loves a parade

And Scotland gets a jump on area with Memorial Day event

And Scotland gets a jump on area with Memorial Day event

May 13, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

SCOTLAND, PA.-After nearly four decades, the village of Scotland finally hosted a Memorial Day parade again on Saturday.

"I think it's really great," said Sylvia Henry, who previously lived in Scotland for 30 years. "I'm glad to see our town is back into starting things again."

Henry also said her son and granddaughter were riding in a Chambersburg, Pa., firetruck in the parade.

Although the parade was two weeks shy of Memorial Day weekend, lifelong Scotland resident Joe Furi did not have a problem with that.

"I think maybe (it's) because they could get more people participating," said Furi, 70. "They'd be tied up on Memorial Day."

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"When I was a kid, this was a big event," Furi said.

Donna Reese, another lifelong resident of Scotland, also was excited about the parade.

"I'm glad the weather is nice and there is a lot of participation," she said, adding that her cousin's husband was driving one of the cars in the parade.

The parade began at Faust Junior High School and ended at Memorial Park. Among the parade attractions were the Faust Junior High School Marching Band, Shippensburg VFW Marching Unit, several fire companies, veterans from different wars, antique cars and floats, including one by Scotland-Salem United Methodist Church.

Mary Etter, who has lived just outside of Scotland for more than 40 years, said her husband was driving the truck pulling the Scotland-Salem United Methodist Church float. Etter also has a granddaughter in the Faust band.

"I just think it's wonderful, and I hope they do it again," she said.

The parade drew the attendance of not only longtime residents of Scotland, but also those who are new to the area or live nearby.

Lance May, who lives in Greene Township, Pa., came to see the parade with his 11-year-old daughter, Brooke.

"My sister is in the parade," Brooke said. "She is with the Faust Junior High School Band."

Wendy Shrader brought her 1 1/2-year-old son, Owen, to the parade because he "likes tractors and cars and trucks, so we brought him down to see them."

Ellen Rowe, who has lived in Scotland for 27 years, wanted her 14-month-old granddaughter, Dana, to experience the parade.

Rowe's favorite part of the parade was "the bands and seeing (Dana's) reactions."

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