HONESDALE — The Honesdale Memorial Day Parade is set to take place on Monday, May 28.
The parade will line up starting at 9 a.m. and will begin at 10 a.m.
Those wishing to participate in the parade can do so by emailing organizers at VFWPost531@yahoo.com, or by filling out a registration form and emailing or mailing it to the Memorial Day Parade Committee, c/o VFW Post 531, 736 Main Street, Honesdale, PA, 18431.
From marching units to community organizations and beyond, all are encouraged to participate.
The registration form will appear in the May 5, 8, 19 and 22 editions of The Wayne Independent.
This year, the parade will honor women veterans.
The Veterans Parade Committee hopes that everyone who attends the parade will venture over to Central Park for the annual Memorial Day service with Melissa Rickard as main speaker.
Rickard is a retired Air Force Major in which she completed a deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.
She received her undergraduate in degree in nursing from Wilkes University .
Rickard obtained her Master’s degree in Family Nurse Practitioner and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Scranton.
In 2008, she joined Wayne Memorial Community Health Center where she works as a family nurse practitioner at the Honesdale Family Health Center.
She also serves as a Clinical Preceptor at the University of Scranton, Walden University, and Misericordia University.
Rickard is a member of Wayne County Business and Professional Women and Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
She has served as past president for the Wayne County Business and Professional Women.
Currently, she serves as the chairperson for the Wayne County Walk of Honor Veteran’s Memorial.
The three chairs for the parade include VFW Post 531 Commander William Long, American Legion Post 254 Commander James Carbone and Honesdale Mayor Sarah Canfield.
The parade will start down Main Street and pause at the bridge for a Naval tradition to honor the servicemen and women who have passed on.
A Memorial Wreath will be placed in the water of the Lackawaxen River, and parade goes are asked to respect the solemnity of the ceremony if in the immediate area.
The parade will continue down to the 5th Street parking lot, located behind St. Mary's Church, where the parade will disband.
Those participating in the parade who wish to attend the Central Park service can continue to the park using Church Street.
The committee notes that those traveling on Church Street must observe all traffic rules. Any participants who wish to exit the parade at 5th Street can continue down Main Street, again observing all rules of traffic.
The parade committee extends their sincere appreciation to the Wayne County Commissioners, Honesdale Borough Council, Honesdale Borough Police Department, the Honesdale Fire people and all participants and volunteers.