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May 26, 2009

Crown Point musters 141st Memorial Day parade

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Tim Huestis arrived from his Warner Hill farm with an open carriage drawn by workhorses Chip and Charlie.



"Do you think there's been a horse and buggy every year since it started?" he quipped.



A few paper-plate markers away, the Crown Point prom court relaxed under a palm tree on their float, wearing shades in the bright sun.



Behind them, sisters Carolyn and Sarah Evens from Witherbee geared up with bicycles bedecked in red, white and blue bunting.



And the high notes of a fife trailed overhead.



Sen. Betty Little arrived about the same time as Town Supervisor Dale French. They carried miniature flags and remarked on the long-standing celebration.



"It started in 1868," French said. "There were a lot of soldiers; Crown Point had two companies in the Civil War."



Scores of the town's residents have served in six wars since then, though the parade route remains much the same.



"I liked it when we went up to Pearl Street then turned around and marched back again," Joiner said.



"The hill seems to be getting steeper all the time," French said.



The fife and drum corps started to play, and the parade fell into line.



E-mail Kim Smith Dedam at: kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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