Fire trucks, police cars, the young marines, veterans, boy scouts, the Presque Isle High School Marching Band, and many more marched down Main Street in Presque Isle to honor the men and woman who have fought for our Freedom. The skies weren’t looking too good, but the rain managed to hold off until the end.
“Today went great. I think we beat the rain storm until now. But it was a good parade. Everybody seemed to enjoy it,” says Post Commander of the VFW Post 2599 , Randolph Michaud.
After the parade, they held a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park where they laid wreaths and taps were played to honor those who have fought.
“Sound of Taps”
” Memorial Day means honoring all the veterans in all the states everywhere that are celebrating today. We celebrate with them,” says Vietnam Veteran, Deborah Hoit.
“It gives me time to reflect upon the veterans that come before me. I think everybody should look at it that way. It’s not about us right now. It’s about the veterans that have laid their life down for our country,” says Michaud.
Someone very special was present at the ceremony.
“I’m the oldest veteran here,” says World War II Veteran, Eldon McPherson.
In Presque Isle?
“Yeah, I think I am,” says McPherson.
And how old are you?
“I’m 92,” says McPherson.
And what war were you in?
“Second,” says McPherson.
McPherson said he was there to see the parade and hang out with the boys. It’s important to remember that Memorial is a day to honor people like Mcpherson and Hoit.