YJI reporters and Hall High School marching band members
Kiernan Majerus-Collins, Mary Majerus-Collins and
Yelena Samofalova with YJI reporter Ameni Mathlouthi
after the Memorial
Day parade in West Hartford, Conn.,
on Monday morning.
By Yelena Samofalova
Every year, I look forward to a scorching hot day at the end of May when I get
to take part in the Memorial Day parade along with all the band kids from West
Hartford middle schools and high schools.
flute for about six years now, and I’ve participated in the Memorial Day parade
for four years.
wake early on a day off from school and march through the heat in a
long-sleeved shirt and pants, the parade is always a fun experience.
walk about three blocks, taking a total of 20 minutes.
street vendors and be with our families while watching the other participants
of the parade, including bands and other organizations and groups.
regular school concert, where friends and family come to watch our band play,
but more special since we worked hard to memorize the piece and learn how to
YJI reporters and flutists
Having recently become
an American citizen, it feels good to know that we’re helping commemorate those
who gave their lives in our nation’s wars and that veterans from wars dating
back to World War II are in the same parade. Sometimes, a military band is also
in the parade.
Day parade is a fantastic tradition in West Hartford and other towns nationwide.
band next year, I will definitely come to see the parade and cheer for my