South Bend holds 87th annual Memorial Day parade

By: Brandon Lewis Email
By: Brandon Lewis Email

Music filled the streets of South Bend's West Side as more than 120 groups marched down Ford St.

"It couldn't be nowhere else. It wouldn't be the same. Has to be on the West Side, most definitely," said Carol Taylor, who brought her grandson and other family members to the parade.

Leading the hundreds of marchers was former South Bend mayor, Joe Kernan, who served as the parade's Grand Marshal.

"Across the country all of us have been touched in one way another by someone in uniform who has died, and that's what we recognize today and what we honor today," said Kernan.

Grey skies and a few drops of rain weren't enough to stop thousands of spectators.

"Ive just had a great time enjoying the bands and just seeing all the excitement and the veterans, so many veterans this year. I just give them respect and remember what this day is all about," said Lundy, who enjoyed waving and cheering the people on the floats and the bands.

She also got her entire family in on the cheering.

"I got them interested in waving as people go by to wave, so keep them all enthused," said Lundy.

Many families also attended the parade. Jill Depriest brought her son, Blake, to see the fire engines.

"He loves the fire engines, police cars, he loved the horses," said Depriest.

With all the fun, music and candy, it can be easy to lose the real meaning of Memorial Day, but Depriest made sure it wasn't lost on Blake.

"It's a good reminder of memorial day, the veterans, because my dad served in the military. I have three cousins in the military, right now, so it's a good support for our troops and good teaching for Blake to know what Memorial Day is all about," said Depriest.

This was the 87th year South Bend has hosted a Memorial Day parade.

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