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2022 Memorial Day Parade—A successful return of a beloved event

On behalf of all of us at the Marshallton Conservation Trust, we want to take this opportunity to thank the following organizations and individuals for their participation in our 2022 Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony.

First and foremost, we thank Jack Law and the members of the West Bradford Fire Company as, simply put, this event would not be possible without their support and contribution.

Thank you to West Bradford Township, the Board of Supervisors, Kevin Houghton, Laurie Abele and Jack Hines, and Township Manager Justin Yaich. Your continued support of our community and MCT in events such as this is greatly appreciated.

Thank you to Pastor Handzel and the congregation at the Marshallton United Methodist Church for hosting this community event in honor and remembrance of our veterans.

Thanks to our speakers, State Representative Christina Sappey, Colonel Richard Debany, Adrian Martinez and Ron Madden; thanks to Boy Scout Troop 52 who not only march in the parade but also volunteer their time in the setup and take down of the chairs and awnings at the MUMC site; the Honor Guard, the Lukens Band and The Galena Brass Band and the Bradbury Camp Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War; and the classic car and tractor drivers. Also, to our bicycle decorating contestants and their parents, we thank you for your enthusiasm and creativity.

There are many who work “behind the scenes” but without whom our event would not be achievable nor have its’ character. The preserver of our memories, photographer Susan Bedwell; Mindy Rhodes, proprietress of WhisperWind Studios, who donated her time and considerable talent in the creation of the beautiful wreaths; Price Stevenson who provides the sound system; Pat Whitmore, Mark Slouf, Erica Young, and Nancy Wheeler who all donated their time and efforts to ensure flags were placed both high and low and flyers were distributed throughout our neighborhoods. Brandi Levine, Geralyn Robinson, Gail Barr, Cindy Praeder and Katherine Gelling all of whom were our community “boots on the ground”. Thank you.

I would like to personally thank my fellow board members at MCT, all of whom had a hand in making this event happen, in particular Megan Horstmann who was part of the process every step of the way.

Finally, a grateful thank you to all the members of our community. The support and excitement you showed us on Sunday, after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, was extraordinary and a reaffirmation that events such as the Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony continues to be meaningful to so many.

As you can see it does indeed “take a village”.

Cendrine Gemberling

Chairperson - Events Committee

Marshallton Conservation Trust


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