Vergennes Memorial Day Parade Marches On Despite Rain

VERGENNES, Vt. - It was a rain or shine event in Vergennes Monday for Vermont's largest Memorial Day parade.

The theme this year was 'Service, Honor, Sacrifice'. The parade featured floats, bands, classic cars and of course veterans. All in Vergennes to honor and remember the service of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

"They don't get enough thanks as a veteran, they are the last ones to be thanked but the first ones there to defend our rights,” said Ralph Wenzel, American Legion Post 14 Commander.

For some the parade is a tradition.

"It's kind of a family tradition every year, its Vermont and a little bit of rain isn't going to change anything,” said BJ Israel, attends parade every year with his family.

The parade winded through the streets of Vergennes before concluding at City Park where there was a ceremony. In addition to honoring those who have fallen, the American Legion Recognized Korean War veteran, Henry Broughton. He's been at the helm of the parade committee for 50 years and is stepping down.

"50 years, I started out small, small, small but then I got some politicians involved and the thing blossomed and I never got a refusal... The problem today was it rained,” said Broughton.

The Vergennes Memorial Day parade will be back next year with Wenzel at the helm, “I’ve got big shoes to fill.”

Broughton says he’s definitely the guy for the job.

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