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May 24, 2010

The parade will be Monday, May 31. Lineup will be at 9 a.m. on the west side of the river on Park Ave. The parade will kick off at 10 a.m. sharp. The first stop will be the middle of the Lions Bridge where a wreath will be dropped to commemorate those who have given their lives in military service.

The parade will turn south on River Street and proceed to the south point where it will change direction by turning north on Main Street. The parade will stop at Amvets Post 120 at 6th and Main Streets where the flag will be raised to full mast.

The next stop will be the VFW Post 7596 to raise the post's flag.

The parade will continue to the Veterans Park at the corner of 3rd and Main Streets for Memorial Day services. Services will start at 11 a.m. and be conducted by the Franklin and Carlisle Boys' and Girls' State delegates. Chairs will be available.

Student speakers will include Carlisle High School student Lauren Bryson, 2010 Girls' State delegate, and 2010 Franklin High School graduate Jordan Knipper, 2009 Boys' State delegate.

The parade marshal will be WWII Veteran Donnie Bishop, a graduate of Carlisle High School who was involved with Patton's Army in the Battle of the Bulge.
Any person or group wishing to honor fallen heroes may join the Memorial Day parade. Contact Jim Mears (937) 746-2828 for information. Patriotically decorated vehicles are welcome. No candy throwing or passing out of literature is permitted during this parade. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and other groups are asked to join the parade.

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