Program Features

Each year the Malvern Memorial Parade Committee includes in its Parade Program one or two special features, highlighting important historical events, special aspects of the parade, or other interesting items.  Click on the item that interests you to read the feature.

2017: Paoli Massacre Memorial – 200th Anniversary

Although the Paoli Massacre took place in 1777, no formal recognition or marker of the burial site existed for 40 years.  In 1817, at the suggestion of Dr. William Darlington, the Republican Artillerists and a group of local citizens erected a marble monument.  It was...

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2017: Parade Grand Marshall – Sandra Kelley

This year we honor Sandra Kelley, the former Malvern Borough Manager as Grand Marshall of the 2017 Parade.  Sandy has been a fixture in Malvern and a staunch supporter of the Memorial Parade for as long as many of us can remember.  Born in the Wilkes-Barre area, Sandy...

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2017: 100th Anniversary of the US Entry into WW I

It has been called THE GREAT WAR and THE WAR TO END ALL WARS. For more than a century Americans obeyed George Washington’s injunction in his Farewell Address to keep out of the political affairs of Europe. That obedience ended on April 6, 1917 when Congress voted for...

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2015: Milestone Anniversary Year in Military History

Here is a sampling of the significant military events with milestone anniversaries this year: 25th Anniversary of the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait, August 2, 1990 On a map, Kuwait looks like a small and inconsequential patch of land. But to Iraqi dictator Saddam...

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2015: 150th Anniversary of the End of the Civil War

The capture of Richmond had been the goal of the Union Army since the beginning of the Civil War. The Confederate capital lay tantalizingly close to Washington, only 100 miles, but it took four years of hard battle before the city fell to Union troops on April 3,...

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2014: Malvern – 125 Years Young

Although officially celebrating our 125th anniversary this year, the Malvern area was originally settled by Welsh immigrants in the 17th century who bought land from William Penn.Churches, trains, and a few businesses were the nucleus of the village. In 1835, the East...

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2013: 60th Anniversary of Korean War Armistice

"If the best minds in the world had set out to find us the worst possible location in the world to fight this damnable war," U.S. Secretary of State Dean Acheson once said, “the unanimous choice would have been Korea.” Since the beginning of the 20th century, Korea...

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2013: 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

Of course you know about the Battle of Gettysburg, but did you know that next month is the 150th anniversary of the battle? You may remember how after his victory at the Battle of Chancellorsville, VA, in May 1863, Robert E. Lee led his Army of Northern Virginia in...

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2012: National World War II Memorial

The Memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the more than 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort from home. Symbolic of the defining event of the 20th Century, the memorial is a monument to the spirit, sacrifice, and...

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2012: Grand Marshals who are World War II Veterans

Raymond A Campli served as a Seaman First Class in the US Navy from October, 1944 until February. 1946.  Ray served on the USS Ruchamkin, an amphibious assault transport operating along the east coast and in the Caribbean.  For his service Ray was awarded the American...

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2012: Paoli-Berwin-Malvern Lions Club

The PBM Lions Club is affiliated with Lions Clubs International and has been a longtime supporter of our Parade.  Started in1917 by Chicago business leader Melvin Jones, Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization, with more than 1.3...

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2011: Parade Grand Marshall – James “Jay” Raffetto

Grand Marshall James “Jay” Raffetto, Hospital Corpsman, Company B, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division Division On August 5, 2010 James “Jay” Raffetto, a young Navy Corpsman was seriously injured in Afghanistan by an IED (improvised explosive device)...

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2010: Who Were the WACs and WAVEs

World War II transformed the United States Armed Forces from essentially all-male to mixed-gender forces.  Because of the severe need to free as many male soldiers as possible for combat, Congresswoman Edith Nurse Rogers introduced a bill in May 1941 calling for the...

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2009: The Lukens Band – A Memorial Parade Tradition

The Lukens Band, founded in 1911, was originally intended as a “more attractive and wholesome” activity than baseball, for Coatesville youth on Sunday afternoons.  With the belief that "music has charms to soothe a savage beast", Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lukens Huston...

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2008: US Army Materiel Command Band

The US Army Materiel Command Band was constituted on January 15, 1944 as the 389th Army band and was activated the following week at Fort Monmouth, NJ. The AMC Band has direct ties to the US Army Signal Corps Band and the 13th Cavalry Regimental Band, though it does...

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2008: 90th Anniversary of the End of “The Great War”

World War I was also known as “The War to End all Wars”.  The underlying cause was the increasing economic and military competition between Britain and Germany; the spark that ignited it was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian...

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2007: Flag Pole Dedication

The Paoli Memorial Association was founded in 1896.  It has responsibility for managing and protecting the Memorial Grounds and the gravesite, located on Monument Ave. in Malvern borough.  The Memorial Grounds are the final resting place for the 53 men who were killed...

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2007: “Mad Anthony” Wayne

Born in Paoli on January 1st, 1745, Anthony Wayne was a dashing, brave soldier in the young Continental army.  Known for his bravery and quick temper, "Mad Anthony" first served in Canada in 1776.  Later, Wayne's troops helped defend Philadelphia at the Battle of...

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2005: 30th Anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War

The Vietnam War was in the successor to the French Indochina War in which the French fought to maintain control of their colony against an independence movement led by Communist Party leader Ho Chi Minh. After the Vietnamese Communist forces, or Viet Minh, defeated...

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2004: Parade Grand Marshall – Josiah Hunter Hibberd

Josiah Hunter Hibberd was born and raised in West Chester, PA. He joined the Navy in 1943 during his senior year at West Chester High School. Mr. Hibberd served in World War II for 4 ½ years mostly in submarine and convoy duty in the Atlantic Theater including...

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2004: D-Day 60th Anniversary

American journalist George Hicks made history with his radio broadcast from the deck of the U.S.S. Ancon at the start of the morning "You see the ships lying in all directions, just like black shadows on the grey sky," he described to his listeners. "Now planes are...

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2003: Philadelphia’s Light Horse Troop

The First Continental Congress met in September 1774, in Philadelphia. On November 17, 1774, three members of a citizens’ committee asked to determine the most effective means of resisting the British, together with twenty-five other gentlemen formed the Light Horse...

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2002: Remember Paoli

The Campaign to Preserve and Maintain the Paoli Battlefield On September 21, 1777, a significant battle was fought by a heroic Continental force right here in MALVERN. Just after the serious defeat at Brandywine, Gen. Anthony Wayne camped here and prepared to attack...

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2001: What Was the Battle of the Bulge?

“It was, without any doubt, the greatest American battle of the Second World War and it will, I believe, always be considered as a great American victory.”  --Sir Winston Churchill The Allied landings in Normandy on June 6, 1944 dealt a psychological blow to the...

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2000: Gold Star Mothers

During the early days of World War I, a Service Flag was displayed from homes, places of business, churches, schools, etc., to indicate the number of members of the family or organizations who were serving in the Armed Forces. The Service Flags had a deep Blue Star to...

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