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East Helena hosts annual Memorial Day parade

East Helena hosts annual Memorial Day parade
Posted at 4:58 PM, May 27, 2024

EAST HELENA — The East Helena Memorial Day Parade kicked off in front of the VFW on Monday with the roar of a cannon.

After the blast of a cannon, members of various groups such as the VFW, the Boy Scouts, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Sons of the American Revolution, and more marched down Main Street in honor of Memorial Day and the service men and women who have come before.

The parade culminated in guest speaker Major General Pete Hronek, the Adjutant General for the State of Montana.

Hronek spoke about his grandfather who served in WW2, his stepfather who fought in Korea, and a friend who fought in Vietnam.

“Today, I tried to make it personal. I tried to tell the stories of the people that shaped my life that were, that served and also had comrades and brothers and sisters in arms that gave the ultimate sacrifice, because until if we don’t let it be personal it becomes a thing of the past and we don’t care anymore,” says Hronek.

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The memorial culminated in a 21-gun salute and the traditional play of Taps.

Zack Larson, Post Commander of VFW Post 10010, says that remembering our history is vital to the future.

“We learn from our history. Everything that we’re going to do going forward is based off history, based what off what we’ve learned. It’s very important to remember everything that fellow Americans have done for this country,” says Larson.