Malvern, PA to Host Oldest Memorial Parade in America
On Sunday June 5, 2016 at 1:30 pm, The Upper Main Line Memorial Association will sponsor the 148th Annual Memorial Parade in the Borough of Malvern, Chester County, PA.
Recognized as the oldest continuously held Memorial Parade in America, the Parade is expected to include at least eight bands, military color guards, military and antique vehicles, floats, fire trucks and a decorated bicycle procession.
The Parade route will again follow King Street from the Malvern Fire Station west to Warren Avenue, south to Monument Avenue then west to the Memorial Park.
On Saturday, June 4th: 9:00AM (registration begins at 8:00AM) there will be the 6th annual 5K Cross Country "Run For Freedom" Race, a 1 Mile Run/Walk and a Kids' Fun Run (starting at 9:45AM). Proceeds from the Run for Freedom will support a medically discharged Marine, who has suffered multiple injuries and has been diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). More information about the Kids' Fun Run and the 5K Run is available on their Facebook page.
Then, at 5PM (tentative) on Saturday the 3rd Annual Community Spaghetti Dinner sponsored by Growing Roots Partners (the organizers of the Malvern Farmers Market) will be held in Memorial Park. Tickets must be purchased in advance for the dinner and will not be available Saturday evening. Tickets can be purchased starting in May and will be available Saturdays at the Malvern Farmers Market or at the National Bank of Malvern. Following the dinner will be a free concert by the Chester County Concert Band, also in the park. Visit the Malvern Farmers Market website or their Facebook page for more information.
On Sunday during the Memorial Ceremony we will once again take a moment to remember and pay tribute to those who have defended our freedom or simply may deserve our gratitude by encouraging those in attendance to place a ribbon on the Malvern Tree of Honor.
For many, the highlight activity is the ever popular old-fashioned Community Cake Walk which will be held after the Parade and Memorial Ceremony.