AUBURN — The city of Auburn didn't let Mother Nature rain on its annual Memorial Day parade Monday morning.
Despite on and off rain showers throughout the morning, people lined Genesee Street to watch the parade go by.
Auburn City Councilor Jimmy Giannettino, a U.S. Air Force veteran, said the parade was "about the same size" as previous years, in spite of the unfavorable weather.
"I think its really indicative of our community as a whole," Giannettino said. "We always come together to support one another and this is just another example of that."
The parade made its way down Genesee Street, starting at Fulton Street and coming to an end at Veterans Memorial Park.
Following an escort from the Auburn Police Department, Cayuga County Sheriffs and the state police, members from different branches of the armed forces were met with applause from the crowd as they marched.
The Auburn High School, Auburn Junior High and Weedsport High School marching bands performed, along with bagpipers and dancers from the Irish Crane dance studio.
Sports teams, community organizations and businesses braved the rain as they marched and road in floats down Genesee Street.
"Here come the Boy Scouts, always prepared. That's why they have umbrellas," joked announcer Terry Winslow as several Boy Scout troops walked by.
After the parade came the veterans memorial service. Members from different organizations, including the American Legion, Korean War Veterans Association and the Auburn Fire Department, laid wreaths in front of the park's memorial in honor of those soldiers who lost their lives in combat.
"It's important that we remember what the true meaning of Memorial Day is as we pay tribute to those who have gone before us," Winslow said during the service. "There's no better community than Auburn and I'm certainly thankful for that fact that we take the time to pay tribute to those who put their lives on the line for us. Thank you for what you've done, thank you for what you continue to do."
Staff writer Natalie Brophy can be reached at (315)282-2239 or email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @brophy_natalie.
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