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Bellingham Holds Memorial Day Parade, Ceremony

May 27, 2014 12:01PM ● By Pamela Johnson

Grand Marshal Sal Pilla (left) and General Matthew Thornton salute at veteran's memorial

The grand marshal for Bellingham's 2014 Memorial Parade was Sal Pilla, a World War II veteran who participated in the invasion of Normandy. He graced the "D-Day" float. Also present was keynote speaker General William Thornton, an alumni of Bellingham High School.
Representatives from town offices and various civic organizations, along with marching bands and boy/girl scout troops marched in the procession, which began at the Bellingham Memorial Middle School on the corner of Blackstone and South Main streets and proceeded along South Main to the town common, where a ceremony was held. Mr. Pilla and General Thornton placed wreaths on the soldier's memorial on the common and General Thornton spoke about the sacrifices that a soldier and his/her family makes. Robert Oliver sang a rousing rendition of "God Bless America." Luckily the rain held off throughout the parade and the ceremonies that followed.
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