Memorial Day 2012
The Parade this year celebrates the honorary naming of Rosehill Drive for VFW Post 234, formerly at 5739 Clark, which kept the parade going as the memorial for the vets in the Edgewater area. Participating groups, lined up on Rosehill Drive, included students from Rickover Academy and Senn High School ROTC. The Edgewater Historical Society was joined by Cub Scouts and bike riders in patriotic array.
The marchers proceeded down Clark Street to Bryn Mawr and returned north on Ashland Avenue, then marching back down Rosehill Drive and into the Cemetery. At the gate of the cemetery, each person was given a beautiful red rose and an American Flag. Ceremonies were held by the lake at the south end of the cemetery and at the civil war memorial. At the first ceremony taps was played and bag-pipers played Amazing Grace. Rifles were fired in salute.
At the Civil War ceremony, a letter about the war by a young soldier was read and a cannon was fired. At the conclusion of the ceremonies the Cemetery served a hot dogs and soft drinks.
Even though hundreds of people attend the event, there could be more. Make a promise to yourself to attend this fitting memorial at least once in your lifetime. Representing the Edgewater Historical Society were Bob Remer, Kathy Gemperle, David Gemperle, Marty Stewart, Gloria Evenson, Paul Bonilla, Emily Gross, Ed Gross, Lori Lynch, Kathy Meyers, Kay McFadden and Win Whalen. LeRoy Blommaert supplied the Civil War era flag. Gloria Evenson photographed the whole event. We hope to see you there next year.