The Malvern Memorial Parade

The oldest Memorial Commemoration in the United States.

Our 152nd Parade and 204th Memorial Ceremony.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Malvern, Chester County, Pennsylvania

Parade History

Read about the history of one of the oldest memorial parades and the oldest memorial commemoration in America.

Vendors, Reenactors & Participants

Interested in being a vendor, or a reenactor at the parade?  Marching in the parade? Find out all you need to know here.

About Us

Learn about the Upper Main Line Memorial Association and your parade committee.  See a list of our wonderful donors! Get involved!

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In a normal spring we would be getting the last-minute items ready for next Sunday, but this is not a normal spring.  However, what we have seen is an extraordinary outpouring of creativity and resourcefulness from our country, community and most recently, our Great Valley student musicians, their teachers, parents, and alumni. 

 The committee received this message from the GVMS and GVHS bands:

 Sean and I are truly sorry the Malvern parade isn’t happening next week.  Completely understandable, of course, but it still hurts a bit.  Both he and I enjoy getting the GV music program out in the community, being a part of the parade and honoring our service men and women.  In lieu of being able to march, he and I collaborated on a video we call “The Star Spangled Banner Project” and we’d like to dedicated it, in particular, to local men and women from our community who’ve given their lives in service of our country.  A link to the video is below.  Please feel free to share it with the parade organizers or anyone you think might enjoy it or the sentiment it intends.  Thanks, and already looking forward to next year!  Adam Search

 Thank you, Great Valley. We look forward to enjoying your music again soon, stay well.

 And to the Malvern community, please enjoy this remarkable video, as we all remember the true purpose of Memorial Day.

May 14th Update

We had high hopes but given the current situation and directives, we are officially postponing the Parade.

The good news is we hope it is a postponement, not a cancellation.  We are looking to build upon the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund’s Saturday Heritage Day in September and hold the Malvern Memorial Parade and Memorial Commemoration on Sunday, September 20th, at 1:30 PM.  We are working with all the groups that usually participate to ensure the Parade and Commemoration, though delayed, will be special.

Did you know, the September date takes the Parade back to its earliest roots?  In 1817 nearly 40 years after the Revolutionary War and more than 50 before the first Memorial (“Decoration”) Day, the first parade and memorial ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the Paoli Massacre was held. More than 400 volunteer troops in eight militia units from three counties, and two bands “in a slow solemn march” participated. “The number, brilliancy and respectability of the assemblage at Paoli on the morning of that day, is spoken of as never before equaled in Chester County.” It was the start of a tradition. In succeeding years, the 20th of September “was duly observed with military parade, drill exhibition, band music, patriotic addresses and musket, rifle and cannon salutes and was known throughout the area as Paoli Days.”  The last time the parade was held in September was 1868.  Historical reference source, A Century in Malvern, edited by Nancy B. Schmitt, 1989

As we get closer, we will post more information.  In the meantime, please stay healthy, and enjoy what pleasure you can during a summer the likes of which we have never seen.

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you in September. 

On Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 1:30 PM, The Upper Main Line Memorial Association will sponsor the 152nd Annual Memorial Parade in the Borough of Malvern, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Recognized as the oldest Memorial Commemoration in America, the Parade in 2020 will continue the tradition of honoring the men and women who have served our country and especially those who gave their lives in defense of our freedom.

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.

After the Parade on Sunday, the 204th Memorial Ceremony will 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.

All of the events take place in Memorial Park, on Monument Ave. in Malvern. In the unlikely event of rain, there is no rain date for the parade or any of the activities. 

The Paoli-Berwyn-Malvern Chapter of the Lions Club will be selling refreshments in the park and will be collecting used eye glasses and hearing aids. Please drop off your unused glasses at the Lion’s Club stand. For more information visit the Lions Club website.

We invite you to explore our website to learn about the Parade!  For more information, call Larry Buchholz (610) 644-7849, Robert Bucco (610)296-2496 or Richard Lee (610) 647-3084.  Or email us at: