Memorial Day Parade

Despite the rain this morning, dozens joined South Bend Mayor Steve Luecke to honor local veterans.

On Friday, Ford Street was officially renamed “Memorial Day Drive.”

It is part of the celebration leading up to the West Side Memorial Day parade, a South Bend tradition for over 80 years.

The parade was almost cancelled last year, due to a lack of interest, but this year it is bigger than ever.

There are 96 entries, including marching bands, floats and several walkers.

"It means a lot to me, as a former soldier. I'm glad I'm still here, alive," said John Pishnoff, an Army veteran.

The West Side Memorial Day parade kicks off at 8:15 Monday morning, at the corner of Ford and Olive and it ends at St. Joseph cemetery.

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