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The Corvallis Memorial Day Parade is ‘Small Town Montana’ Magnified!

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A Jeep, WWII vets, and a welcoming crowd. (KLYQ File Photo)
Monday, at 10 a.m., the cannon will “Boom,” skydivers will come out of the Bitterroot sky (weather permitting), and the 93rd Annual Corvallis Memorial Day Parade will start.

Each year, hundreds of people line the street and cheer on the veterans, the organizations, the business floats…heck, even the politicians!

The day honors those active duty personnel and veterans who have died for their country. World War I veterans started the parade with a color guard and a small group of vets.

Since that time, we owe a huge “thank you” to the Corvallis American Legion Post #91 and Ladies Auxiliary this year and for all of the 93 years this event has been staged – even in snowstorms. It’s a labor of love for them, with help from other veterans throughout the valley. It is one of the Big Parades in the Bitterroot Valley. (Others are the Creamery Picnic Parade in Stevensville and the Ravalli County Fair Parade in Hamilton.)

Get there early to find a parking place. You will have to walk a bit, probably, because all the close parking places are taken by 9 a.m. Of course, you should go early, anyway, and enjoy the breakfast at the Corvallis High School Lunchroom from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. It raises money for the Corvallis Event Center and Track.

Following the parade, at Noon, a moving ceremony will be held at the Corvallis Cemetery, south of town. Post 91 Historian Doug Mason says over 400 veterans are buried there, ranging back to the 1800s. All their names will be read aloud and Taps will be played on the bugle.

After that, a wreath will be thrown into the Bitterroot River at the Woodside Bridge to remember those who died at sea.

The Corvallis Legion Post will be part of a 3 p.m. dedication of the new Veterans Memorial in Hamilton, also.

We picked the photo because it brings it all together. A World War II vintage Jeep, World War II vintage veterans and an appreciative crowd. It’s Corvallis on Memorial Day!

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