Many felt something was missing when the annual Memorial Day parade did not occur due to the pandemic, and this feeling of loss spurred local couple Bob and Jennifer Massini-Vanacore to do something special for the Fourth of July holiday.
“I was very upset on Memorial Day that our fallen soldiers were not properly honored,” Jennifer stated. “My husband Bob and I agreed that we would walk the parade route with flags, just the two of us.”
But others joined in.
Judy Knoob took an active role in aiding the Vanacores in organizing the walk. She contacted Jason Heintz and Ted Stockmon, who provided video and photography.
Stockmon also provided the group’s safe passage, as he escorted the parade in his 1986 Chevy Caprice Police Interceptor.
The parade began at North Haven Middle School, traveled down Bailey to Shawmut, to the town green, and up St. John, ending on Ezra Street as Damiano Christian played the national anthem on guitar.
Parade videos can be found on YouTube.
Submitted by Maria Choplick Ryan