PHOTOS: Americans Observe Memorial Day Nationwide

A child greets motorcyclists during the annual Rolling Thunder "Ride for Freedom" parade ahead of Memorial Day in Washington, DC, on May 29, 2016. / AFP / MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Families across America this Sunday and Monday congregated in their town’s main streets to honor the memories of those soldiers lost defending the United States throughout history, passing on to their children the utmost respect for those who gave all in defense of their nation.

While this Memorial Day was predicted to be a rainy and unpleasant one for much of the Northeast, and many towns and cities did reschedule or cancel their parades, Americans assembled in many others to participate in traditional Memorial Day parades.

The city of Edison, New Jersey held their parade on Sunday, anticipating the rain on Monday. reports that families set up tents along the street and settled in to watch the parade go by. “It’s a beautiful parade and to see a lot of people come out makes us proud to be veterans,” Master Sgt. Ray Muniz, retired U.S. Army, who participated in the parade, said.

Lakewood Ranch, Florida also held its Memorial Day parade on Sunday. “I think it’s awesome,” 11-year-old Brady Ardis told the Brandenton Herald. His grandfather, who brought him and his brother to the event, noted that the boy’s father had recently retired from a two-decade career in the Air Force.

Photo: Jessica DeLeon, Brandenton Herald

The parade in Enfield, Connecticut featured observers waving American flags, draping them on chairs, and honoring generations of American veterans who made it possible for them to enjoy the parade this day.

Photo:Peter Casolino / Hartford Courant

Much of the rest of the country observed Memorial Day on Monday.

The South Bend Westside Memorial Day Parade in Indiana featured 96 parade participants, spanning a mile and a half.

Memorial Day parades nationwide:

Bozeman, Montana:

Massillon, Ohio:


Grand Rapids, Michigan:

The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC – which will take place regardless of weather, officials have confirmed – begins at 2PM Eastern Time.


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