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Liverpool honors veterans at Johnson Park

LIVERPOOL, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — They say the only constant in life is change. And that was evident in the Village of Liverpool this Memorial Day, May 27.

“We’re not having a parade this year due to some difficulties,” said Ken Palmer, commander of the Liverpool American Legion Post 188.

Despite the parade’s absence, the meaning behind the ceremony stayed the same.

“The program is going to go on today, and we are honoring our veterans, that’s the important thing,” Palmer said.

One of those veterans is Peter Parsons. He understands the meaning of memorial day first hand.

“I was drafted. It was during the Vietnam War,” Parsons said.

Parsons was fortunate.

“I ended up going to Germany instead of Vietnam because I had two brothers, and they alternated going to Vietnam, and you could only have one member of a family in Vietnam,” Parsons said.

Parsons’ brothers came home after serving. And one of them, Michael Parsons, is still remembered, commemorated on a plaque in Johnson Park.

Other families were not so lucky.

“They were very fortunate, but I know a lot of my friends who went to Vietnam and didn’t come home,” said Parsons.

While parades bring communities together, Parsons says its the ceremony he cherishes most.

“It’s always good to remember that we’re here because of those people who aren’t here and sacrificed their lives in order for us to have the kind of life and the kind of country we have,” Parsons said.

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