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This year's Memorial Day parade in Batavia is going to be quite the event, but three years ago there was talk that Batavia would no longer do a Memorial Day parade, because of a lack in helpers.

That's when City Councilwoman Rosemary Christian stepped in to ensure that wouldn't happen. She helped organize and officiate the parades these past few years, with help, of course.

Christian said it was important to keep the parades going.

“There’s just a tradition here and the fact that these men and women serve our country for our freedom, for our peace, for our constitutional right. Just remember what it’s for Its for our men and women who have served our country,” said Christian.

Christian said she couldn’t help out as much as she wanted to this year. She said the 2012 parade wouldn’t be happening without Bob Bialkowski, the Memorial Day Parade Co-Chair.

Bialkowski worked hard this year to get a full line-up of Batavia's finest in the parade.

He said Monday’s parade will start with a C130 air plane from the Niagara Falls air reserve flying overhead.

“We will be starting with the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 193 Color Guard, followed by the U.S. Army and New York National Guard. They are supposed to have three Humvees and troops, all of whom are combat veterans. I hope people can give them a big round of applause,” said Bialkowski.

Bialkowski said the parade will also feature Grand Marshall Steve Hawley senior, a 1942 Batavia police motorcycle, the Batavia High School band, the Muckdogs mascot and much more. He talks about the real meaning of the parade.

“We should all take some time during Memorial Day to remember the people who have paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live the free life that we have.” Bialkowski continues, “Sometimes we also need to honor the living, the people out there giving the service, and doing the service for us. We need to show them our support also.”

Batavia’s Memorial Day Parade starts at 10a.m. on Monday starting in front of East Towne Plaza and will make its way down Main Street to the John Kennedy School.

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