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May 29, 2014

Derry, Londonderry honor their fallen heroes

Derry, Londonderry honor fallen veterans

Derry and Londonderry honored fallen veterans in ceremonies Monday.

The day included parades, tributes, music, speeches and graveside visits.

In Londonderry, the parade traveled from Londonderry High School to the Town Common for a ceremony.

American Legion Post 27 led the parade down Mammoth Road. The Marching Lancers provided music.

Flags had been already placed at hundreds of graves in Londonderry and Derry before Memorial Day.

In Derry, the parade left Hood Commons and made its way to MacGregor Park. There, wreaths were laid at veterans memorials and guest speakers addressed the veterans’ sacrifices.

This year’s featured speaker in Derry was retired U.S. Marine Corps 1st Sgt. Al Baldasaro.

World War II Navy veteran Charles Morton served as parade grand marshal.

Morton, 89, also assisted Pinkerton Academy JROTC students in laying a wreath at the World War II monument in MacGregor Park.

Members of American Legion Post 9 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1617 led the observances in Derry.

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