DALLAS — Daddow-Isaacs American Legion Post 672 will not hold its annual Memorial Day Parade this year, according to 1st Vice Commander John M. Emil Sr.
Instead, a Memorial Day ceremony to honor all veterans is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at Chapel Lawn Memorial Park, located off Route 415.
The venue change is due to the ongoing roundabout construction at the intersection of Route 415, Machell Avenue, Main, Lake and Church streets in the borough. The construction has prevented the Legion from holding its annual parade and ceremony at the site of the Dallas Veterans Memorial in 2017 as well, Emil said.
“For years, we marched from the Legion (on Route 415) to the Veterans’ Memorial in the center of Dallas for a ceremony at the Veterans’ Memorial,” Emil Sr. said. “It is a little complicated now.”
The Dallas Veterans’ Memorial was removed and placed in storage during the construction phase of the roundabout and will be replaced in the center of Dallas when the road construction concludes.
The public is invited to attend the Memorial Day Ceremony, which will feature the Dallas Senior High School Band performing patriotic songs, Emil said.
Also, a variety of speakers, including Nicole Guest, a District 12 Veterans Affair representative; state Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Lehman Township; state Rep. Karen Boback, R-Harveys Lake; and the Rev. William Lewis, a former minister of the Dallas United Methodist Church, are scheduled to address attendees.
The program will also consist of the Dallas American Legion ritual of honoring deceased veterans by placing a Memorial Wreath and saluting deceased veterans.
“We invited everyone who used to participate in the parade,” Emil Sr. said.
Last year, the Post 672 had hoped to hold the parade on Church Street and walk to the Back Mountain Little League Baseball Field in Dallas Township, but rain washed out those plans.
The 2017 parade was the first time Emil remembers the annual event being canceled.
“The Post (672) has held a parade for at least 50 years,” he said. “A lot of people do come out (for the parade).”
“We hope to hold the parade next year,” Emil Sr. said.
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