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Village of Manlius honors nation’s heroes at Memorial Day parade

VILLAGE OF MANLIUS (WSYR-TV) — It’s been at least 70 years of crowds of people gathering on the streets in the Village of Manlius to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Crowds of people lined the streets in Manlius on Monday, May 27. Many people were waving their American flags, others wearing patriotic colors, as they honor and remember our nation’s heroes this Memorial Day.

“I think it’s just very important to remember them and to honor their families who have lost their loved ones,” said Somaly Cimino, wife of an Air Force member.

The village parade is an annual tradition for many families, young and old.

“It’s short, it’s fun, it’s lovely. You can always go over to the bagel shop to get a coffee,” said Kathy Freer, a Manlius resident.

“I like to be here to see all the people’s family members and my school is here too, so I’m actually really excited to see the marching band,” said Aurora Anguish, another Manlius resident.

“I like to see all the veterans and people that served, and I also like coming for the candy,” said Nadia Ferris, Manlius resident.

But for some, it was their first time attending, like Air Force member, Mike Cimino. He and his family have only been in the area for a few months, after moving to Central New York from South Carolina.

“I think the very least we can do, and especially we have people from the VFW here and veterans and stuff that were marching and just come out and support everybody who have done so much for this country,” said Mike Cimino, member of the Air Force.

The Cimino family isn’t alone. Evan Gentry and his family also moved to Central New York all the way from southern California, attending the Manlius parade for the first time this year, now honoring his father who served in the Air Force.

“So grateful for all those that have served in the military that have created the environment that we have now. The freedom that we have, so very grateful for that,” said Gentry.

Paying tribute to our country’s heroes.

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